No Match, No Vote

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.

nomatchnovoteHowever, 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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Threats and Opportunities Update

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Now that the political climate has changed and is aided by weakened voting protections, states are taking it upon themselves to investigate and pass laws that prevent voter fraud. Read more

Project Vote Testimony in Opposition to Indiana Voter Purge Bill

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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

Voter Registration Bill Would Disenfranchise Voters Over Typos

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Project Vote is urging Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe to veto a harmful voter registration bill that recently passed the legislature. Read more

Georgia Senate Must Reject New “Exact Match” Bill

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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 Letter to Governor McAuliffe to Veto SB 1581

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Project Vote urged Governor McAuliffe to veto "No Match, No Vote" bill, SB 1581. Read more

House to vote on bill that groups say hurts minority voters

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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

Debunking Fraud Claims Based on Database Matching

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Fact sheet and talking points on the problem with database matching programs. Read more

Georgia Proposes to Codify Harmful Voter Registration Practice

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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 Testimony on Virginia’s “No Match, No Vote” Bill SB 1581

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Project Vote testifies in opposition to Virginia’s "No Match, No Vote" bill, SB 1581. Read more

Voting Rights Advocates Reach Settlement in “Exact Match” Voting System Lawsuit

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Georgia agrees to stop rejecting voter applications based on typos and data entry errors. Read more