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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Policy Paper: No Match, No Vote

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Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) in 2002, including provisions to streamline and modernize voter registration databases and establish identification requirements. However, some states have misinterpreted the law and passed onerous “No Match, No Vote” laws. Read more

Voter Database Glitches Could Disenfranchise Thousands

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Electronic voting machines have been the focus of much controversy the last few years. But another election technology has received little scrutiny yet could create numerous problems and disenfranchise thousands of voters in November, election experts say. Read more

Florida NAACP v. Browning: Order Denying Motion for Preliminary Injunction and Renewed Motion for Preliminary Injunction

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District court order denying motion for preliminary injunction in Florida NAACP v. Browning Read more

Statement Regarding Appellate Court Ruling that Florida’s No Match

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Advancement Project, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and Project Vote are disappointed with a ruling in a Florida voting case issued yesterday from the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, but made clear their determination to press forward with the lawsuit. Read more

Florida NAACP v. Browning: Appeals Court Decision

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Decision of the Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Florida NAACP v. Browning Read more

Florida’s Latest Voter Suppression Scheme Thwarted

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Today, Advancement Project, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and Project Vote won a preliminary injunction that blocks a Florida state law prohibiting applicants from registering to vote if the state cannot match or otherwise validate the driver’s license or Social Security number on a registration form. Read more

Florida NAACP v. Browning: District Court Order on Standing

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District court order in Florida NAACP v. Browning Read more

Florida NAACP v. Browning: District Court Preliminary Injunction

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District court granting of preliminary injunction Read more

Project Vote Challenges FL Voter Suppression Law That Keeps Thousands of Voters Off The Rolls

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Today voting rights advocates filed suit in a US District Court to strike down a statewide election law that could disenfranchise tens of thousands of eligible citizens from registering and voting in the 2008 elections. Read more

Florida NAACP v. Browning (Florida)

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In 2007, Florida law stated that a voter application would be considered invalid unless the state performed a successful database... Read more