Public Assistance Agencies

Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act

The plaintiffs and attorneys in Project Vote and the NAACP’s public assistance agency lawsuit in Louisiana.

Though most people know the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as the “motor voter” law, fewer people know that it also mandates that voter registration be offered at other government agencies besides DMVs. State agencies offering SNAP (food stamps), TANF, Medicaid, and other government benefits are also legally required to assist their clients in registering to vote under the NVRA.

Congress included this provision, Section 7, exactly to reach the citizens who are less likely to register through other means: low-income people, minorities, the elderly, and the disabled.

However, too many states have been ignoring this part of the NVRA, meaning that millions of our most vulnerable citizens are missing out on the change to make their voices heard. That’s why Project Vote and our partners are working to fix that. We investigate compliance. We document violations of the NVRA. And, where we find problems, we work—through advocacy, assistance, and litigation—to ensure that states are following the law and doing right by their citizens.

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Civil Rights Groups Sue North Carolina Over Voter Registration

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A coalition of civil rights groups sued North Carolina on Tuesday, alleging that the state is violating a federal law regarding voter registration. Read more

Civic Groups Sue North Carolina Over Voting Rights Violations

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North Carolina citizens did everything right to get registered to vote. But the state is failing them. Read more

Coalition of Civic Organizations Sue North Carolina for Failing to Comply with Federal Voting Rights Obligations

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Project Vote and partners sue North Carolina over widespread disenfranchisement and a steep decline in voter registration activity . Read more

A. Phillip Randolph Institute et al vs. Strach (North Carolina): Complaint

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Complaint filed against the state of North Carolina for violations of the National Voter Registration Act. Read more

Action NC et al v. Strach (North Carolina)

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In December 2015, Project Vote and partners sued the state of North Carolina for widespread violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

Ninth Circuit Hands Victory to Voting Rights Groups in Public Assistance Voter Registration Case

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The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated a case challenging the State of Nevada’s failure to provide voter registration to its low-income citizens. Read more

Report: Incorporating Automatic Voter Registration with the NVRA

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At Project Vote, we are excited about the growing interest in AVR at both the state and federal level. We hope this paper will be useful to advocates and policy makers alike as we pursue this promising reform within existing federal law. Read more

Automatic Voter Registration: Best Practices

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A comprehensive proposal for incorporating automatic voter registration (AVR) within the existing requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more