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.

Hundreds flagged in NC voter rolls audit

On Friday, a coalition of voting rights groups expressed concern about the audit in a letter to state elections officials. Read more

Florida Purge Program Was Illegal, Rules Federal Court

Marking a major victory for Florida voters, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit ruled on Tuesday that Florida’s 2012 voter purge program violated federal law. Read more

Arcia et al. v. Detzner (Florida)

In Arcia v. Florida Secretary of State—the challenge to Florida’s pre-election purge of alleged non-citizens on the voter rolls in... Read more

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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

Bellitto v. Snipes (Florida): Order Granting Motion to Intervene

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Court order granting 1199SEIU's motion to intervene in Bellitto v. Snipes. Read more

Bellitto v. Snipes (Florida): Motion to Intervene

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Motion for 1199SEIU to intervene in Bellitto v. Snipes Read more

Bellitto et al v. Snipes (Florida)

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Project Vote and partners file to intervene in lawsuit attempting to force a reckless voter purge in Florida. Read more

Bellitto v. Snipes (Florida): Plaintiff’s Response to Defendants’ Motion to Dismiss

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Plaintiff's Response to Defendants' Motion to Dismiss in Bellitto v. Snipes Read more

Bellitto v. Snipes (Florida): Motion to Dismiss

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Defendants' motion to dismiss Bellitto v. Snipes. Read more

Bellitto v. Snipes (Florida): Amended Complaint

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Suit filed by American Civil Rights Union attempting to force Broward Co. supervisor to conduct a dangerous voter purge. Read more