Public Assistance Agencies

Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act

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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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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

Black Political Empowerment Project v. Aichele (Pennsylvania)

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In July 2012, Project Vote and its partners filed a Complaint against officials in Pennsylvania alleging that that the state had systematically failed to comply with Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

National Council of La Raza v. Miller (Nevada)

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In June 2012, Project Vote and its partners filed a Complaint against Nevada's Secretary of State and the state's Department of Health & Human Services, alleging that the state has systematically failed to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

Georgia NAACP v. Kemp (2011)

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In June 2011 Project Vote and partners filed a lawsuit against officials in Georgia over violations of Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

Scott v. Schedler (Louisiana)

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In April 2011 Project Vote and partners filed a lawsuit against officials in Louisiana for widespread violations of Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

Indiana State Conference of NAACP v. Gargano (Indiana)

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In October 2009 Project Vote and its partners filed suit against officials in Indiana for violations of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Read more

Valdez v. Duran (New Mexico)

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In July 2009, Project Vote and its partners filed suit against officials in New Mexico for violations of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) Read more

ACORN v. Levy (Missouri)

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ACORN v. Levy (formerly ACORN v. Scott) is a lawsuit filed in Kansas City, Missouri charging Deborah Scott, director of... Read more

Harkless v. Brunner (Ohio)

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In September 2006 Project Vote and partners filed a lawsuit against officials in the state of Ohio alleging widespread violations of Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more