Voter Purges

Protecting the Voter Rolls

It’s one thing to get citizens onto the voter rolls. But it’s equally important that we make sure eligible voters stay on the rolls.

Under the Help America Vote Act (HAVA), states are tasked with maintaining current and accurate voter registration databases. However, the lack of clear and uniform standards for list maintenance has resulted in inconsistent standards from state to state, and poorly developed “voter purge” programs have often led to the mass disenfranchisement of eligible voters. Frequently, such ill-conceived purge programs have had a disproportionate impact on minority populations.

The removal of voters from the rolls needs to be undertaken with the greatest of care, and in complete compliance with the standards established by federal law, including the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which contains a number of procedural protections to protect eligible voters from wrongful removals.

Project Vote closely monitors, investigates, and where necessary brings suits against illegal and discriminatory voter purge activity.

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Debunking Fraud Claims Based on Database Matching

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Fact sheet and talking points on the problem with database matching programs. Read more

Project Vote Testimony on Virginia’s “No Match, No Vote” Bill SB 1581

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Project Vote testifies in opposition to Virginia’s "No Match, No Vote" bill, SB 1581. Read more

Project Vote and Demos Call to Stop Unlawful Voter Purge in Philadelphia

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Project Vote and Demos filed and amicus brief to stop an unlawful voter purge in Philadelphia. Read more

Demos and Project Vote team with Hogan Lovells to Help Prevent Unlawful Voter Purge in Philadelphia

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Project Vote and partners filed an amicus brief, to help stop an illegal purge of Philadelphia voters with past felony convictions. Read more

ACRU v. Philadelphia City Commissioners: Amicus Brief

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Amicus brief filed by Project Vote and Demos urged a federal appeals court to uphold a decision dismissing an attempt by ACRU to force an illegal voter purge. Read more

American Civil Rights Union v. Philadelphia City Commissioners

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A so-called "election integrity" group is trying to force a wrongful purge of Philadelphia voters. Read more

The Dangers of Making Assumptions About Voter Rolls

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Last November, 7,500 reinstated Ohio voters who had been wrongfully purged from voter rolls between 2011 and 2014, reportedly turned out to vote. This is a big deal. Read more

Indiana Bill Could Erroneously Purge Legitimate Voters

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Project Vote is urging an Indiana Senator Greg Walker to reconsider legislation that puts registered voters at risk. Read more

NC NAACP v. NC SBOE: U.S. Statement of Interest

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U.S. Department of Justice submitted this statement of interest in NC NAACP v. NC SBOE, a case concerning wrongful purging of the voter rolls in North Carolina in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. Read more

Georgia agrees to add thousands to voter rolls ahead of Nov. election

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by Kristina Torres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Gainesville — Georgia has agreed to temporarily suspend a requirement that has prevented tens... Read more