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.

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Voting Rights Groups Caution Four Midwestern States Over Program to Cancel Duplicate Registrations

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A four-state effort to identify and remove duplicate names from state voter registration lists may run afoul of a federal voting law by illegally purging voters, advocates warned in letters to four Midwestern secretaries of state. 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

Caging Democracy: A 50-Year History of Partisan Challenges to Minority Voters

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This report reviews Republican voter caging operations during the last 50 years, culminating with the unprecedented number of large voter caging operations conducted across the nation in the 2004 presidential election. 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

Summary Chart: Voting Caging Map

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Voter caging is a practice of sending non-forwardable direct mail to registered voters and using the returned mail to compile lists of voters, called “caging lists,” for the purpose of challenging their eligibility to vote. This map gives a 50-year history of challenges to minority voters. Read more

Model Bill: Voter List Maintenance

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This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills on voter list maintenance. Read more