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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Georgia agrees to stop rejecting voter applications based on typos and data entry errors. Read more
The settlement reinstates eligible voters wrongfully removed from the rolls, and prevents the rejection of future registration applications for database matching errors. Read more
Settlement agreement in GA NAACP v. Kemp (2016) Read more
Project Vote submitted testimony in opposition to Virginia’s "no match, no vote" bill, SB 1581. Read more
Project Vote submitted testimony in opposition to voter registration matching prerequisite bill SB 1581 to the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on January 31, 2017. Read more
Project Vote is urging an Indiana Senator Greg Walker to reconsider legislation that puts registered voters at risk. Read more
Georgia Says It Will Allow Tens of Thousands of Previously-Rejected Voters to Cast Ballots This November
Tens of thousands of eligible Georgia voters whose voter registrations had been canceled or were at risk of being canceled will be able to cast a ballot this November, according to a letter filed with a federal court. Read more
Court order granting plaintiff's motion to withdraw motion for a preliminary injunction, in light of defendant's good faith concessions. Read more
by Kristina Torres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Gainesville — Georgia has agreed to temporarily suspend a requirement that has prevented tens... Read more
Sec. of State Brian Kemp's response to plaintiff's response for a preliminary injunction. Read more