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.
The coming battles over voting rights will be the hardest in generations. Americans have struggled and died to expand access to the ballot, and we cannot allow their hard-fought progress to be rolled back now.
Now, as always, Project Vote is committed to holding the line on voting and civil rights, and to fighting the good fight for equality and inclusion for all Americans.