As part of Project Vote's ongoing efforts to support
positive, progressive election reforms, we are pleased to release a new suite
of materials, The
Youth Registration Advocacy Toolkit .
This new advocacy toolkit includes model bills and sample
testimony, as well as research, fact sheets, and other useful documents on the
subject of preregistration of young voters and high school registration
programs. Social science research has shown that allowing voter registration at a young
age engenders a heightened consciousness of the importance of civic engagement
and promotes a lifelong enthusiasm for voting and community involvement.
We hope that the materials we have
developed will help advocates promote youth voting with legislators and other
policy makers. Download the Youth Registration Advocacy Toolkit here.
In the next few weeks Project Vote will be releasing other
toolkits on paperless registration at public assistance and disability
agencies, online registration for individuals, and several other issues. Look
for them on our website at www.projectvote.org/election-administration.
National Voting Rights Groups Put Secretary of State Kemp on Notice of Voting Rights Violations
January 25, 2011
ATLANTA, GA – Citing clear evidence that low-income Georgia residents are being denied a legally-mandated opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law (LCCRUL), the ACLU Voting Rights Project, and the law firm of Dechert LLP sent a pre-litigation notice letter today to Secretary of State Brian Kemp, on behalf of the Georgia State Conference of the NAACP, demanding that the Secretary immediately act to bring Georgia into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) or face litigation.
Section 7 of the NVRA requires state public assistance agencies providing services such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) and Medicaid to provide voter registration services to their clients. In the first two years after the NVRA became effective in Georgia in 1995, the state registered more than 100,000 people through public assistance agencies.
However, according to evidence cited in the notice letter, the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) has largely disregarded this law in recent years. By 2008, the number of voter registration applications submitted through public assistance agencies in Georgia had fallen more than 79 percent, to fewer than 11,000 per year. Field investigations conducted by the voting rights groups found that eight out of 11 DHS offices surveyed were not providing voter registration applications to their clients at all, and that voter registration at the other three offices also was not being conducted in compliance with the procedures mandated by the NVRA.
"It is clear that Georgia is not complying with the NVRA, and is neglecting thousands of low-income residents as a result," said Nicole Zeitler, director of the Public Agency Voter Registration Project at Project Vote.
and NAACP Legal Defense Fund Put Secretary of
State Tom Schedler on Notice of Voting Rights Violations
January 12, 2011
BATON ROUGE, LA – Citing clear evidence
that numerous low-income Louisiana residents have been denied the opportunity
to register to vote, attorneys from Project Vote, the NAACP Legal Defense and
Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), and New Orleans attorney Ronald Wilson, have
issued official notice to Secretary of State Tom Schedler, the state's
Department of Children & Family Services, and its Department of Health
& Hospitals regarding the state’s non-compliance with the federal
requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
The notification letter, sent today on
behalf of the Louisiana State Conference of the NAACP,
calls on Schedler and the agencies to take corrective action necessary to bring
Louisiana into compliance with federal law. The NVRA requires public assistance
agencies that provide services to low-income residents, to offer voter
registration services to their clients. The letter cites evidence showing that agencies around the state are failing to
fully carry forth their responsibilities under the law.
“The National Voter Registration Act
was designed to ensure that all citizens have access to our democracy,” said
Dale Ho, Assistant Counsel with LDF’s Political Participation Group. “By
defaulting on its obligations under the law, Louisiana is denying substantial
numbers of eligible low-income and minority voters equal access to the ballot
box,” said Ho.
cited includes Election
Assistance Commission reports, which show that registrations originating from Louisiana public assistance offices have plummeted 88 percent since
the law was first implemented: from nearly 75,000 in 1995-1996, to a mere 8,688
clear that Louisiana is violating the NVRA, and
neglecting tens of thousands of low-income residents as a result," said
Nicole Zeitler, Director of the Public Agency Voter Registration Project at
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