The Dangers of Playing with Matches
Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002 to impose fair and more uniform standards for state election administration, including provisions to establish and maintain statewide voter registration databases.
However, some states have misinterpreted the intent of database maintenance prodcedures outlined in HAVA and passed onerous “No Match, No Vote” laws. Under such statutes, if a state is unable to match the information on a voter’s registration application with information in an existing government database, the application is denied outright.
Research shows that matching voter data with other government databases is an unreliable, error-laden process, and that conditioning the right to vote on such a flawed system will inevitably disenfranchise eligible citizens.
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Project Vote submitted testimony to the Indiana House Elections and Apportionment Committee in opposition to voter registration cancellations bill SB 442. Read more
Project Vote is urging Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto a harmful voter registration bill that recently passed the legislature. Read more
Reinstating "exact match" requirements that were just the subject of a lawsuit, HB 268 is bad for Georgia voters, and would almost certainly end up the subject of further litigation. Read more
Project Vote urged Governor McAuliffe to veto "No Match, No Vote" bill, SB 1581. Read more
A new Georgia elections bill raised the ire of voter advocacy groups, who say it could disproportionately hurt minority Georgians trying to join the state’s voter rolls. Read more
Fact sheet and talking points on the problem with database matching programs. Read more
A new Georgia bill would codify a harmful voter registration practice that is already known to erroneously reject thousands of eligible voter applicants. Read more
Project Vote testifies in opposition to Virginia’s "No Match, No Vote" bill, SB 1581. Read more
Georgia agrees to stop rejecting voter applications based on typos and data entry errors. Read more