Voter registration is only the first step: we also have to make sure that registrants get on the rolls, and stay on the rolls.
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.
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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
Continuing our 2010 Issues in Election Administration series, a suite of materials designed for anyone wanting to know more about key... Read more
A seemingly harmless trend in voter list maintenance is to compare voter lists between states and cancel apparent matches. However,... Read more
One of the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) is that state records relating to voter registration and... Read more
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
After receiving reports from their local community partners regarding large numbers of rejected voter registration applications—particularly from students at the... Read more
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
Last month, our nation celebrated the remembrance of one of America’s greatest heroes, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., who stands... Read more
In observance of Black History month, it is fitting to revisit America’s less than stellar record in the ongoing effort... Read more