List Maintenance

Voter registration is only the first step: we also have to make sure that registrants get on the rolls, and stay on the rolls.

That’s why Project Vote works to protect eligible voters from wrongful purges, voter caging, “no match, no vote” programs, and other dangerous efforts to “clean-up” the lists.

Additionally, we fight to make sure that voter registration and list maintenance policies are publicly transparent, in order to ensure that states are not using arbitrary, error-prone, or politically-motivated criteria for rejecting applicants or purging voters.

Most Recent / Relevant Items

Advanced Filters and Sorting

272 results returned

Legislative Brief: Maintaining Current and Accurate Voter Lists

Publication See all

Every state is tasked with the duty to maintain current and accurate computerized statewide voter registration rolls, while at the same time ensuring that no eligible voters are wrongfully removed from the rolls. This report discusses some of the challenges inherent in balancing these two goals, and offers recommendations for implementing best practices. Read more

New Project Vote Policy Paper: No Match, No Vote

Post See all

Continuing our 2010 Issues in Election Administration series, a suite of materials designed for anyone wanting to know more about key... Read more

Kansas Takes Steps to Ensure Voters Are Not Improperly Purged by Interstate Data-Match

Post See all

A seemingly harmless trend in voter list maintenance is to compare voter lists between states and cancel apparent matches. However,... Read more

Lawsuit Filed in Virginia over Access to Rejected Voter Applications

Post See all

One of the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is that state records relating to voter registration and... Read more

Virginia Election Officials Sued for Unlawfully Denying Access to Voter Files

Press Release See all

Today, leading voter protection groups Advancement Project and Project Vote, along with pro bono cooperating attorneys from the law firm of Ropes & Gray LLP, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Norfolk against Elisa Long, general registrar of Norfolk and Nancy Rodrigues, secretary of the State Board of Elections, for denying access to certain voter registration records.  Read more

Project Vote v. Long (Virginia)

Case See all

After receiving reports from their local community partners regarding large numbers of rejected voter registration applications—particularly from students at the... Read more

Kansas Secretary of State Issues New Instructions About Interestate Database Matching

Press Release See all

In response to concerns expressed by national voting rights groups Project Vote and the Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN), the Kansas Secretary of State has issued new instructions to county election officials to ensure that eligible voters are not wrongfully removed from the rolls under an ongoing program to update voter registration databases based on interstate matching. Read more

Voters Still Disenfranchised by 120 Year Old Florida Statute

Post See all

Last month, our nation celebrated the remembrance of one of America’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who stands... Read more

Living the Past in the Present: Voter Intimidation Tactics Still Thrive in America

Post See all

In observance of Black History month, it is fitting to revisit America’s less than stellar record in the ongoing effort... Read more

Interstate Compacts

Publication See all

This memo summarizes which states are conducting interstate matching programs, how each state uses the resulting data, and the potential problems of using the information from crosschecking to cancel registrations. Read more