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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ACRU v. Philadelphia City Commissioners: Order

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Court order in American Civil Rights Union v. Philadelphia City Commissioners Read more

ACRU v. Philadelphia City Commissioners: District Court Opinion

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U.S. District Court opinion in ACRU v. Philadelphia City Commissioners 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

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Debunking Ohio’s Rationalization for Discriminating Against Voters Who Miss an Election

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Just because someone hasn't voted recently, that doesn't mean they moved, and it certainly doesn't mean they should be removed from the rolls. Read more

Voting Rights Group Sues Ga. Sec. of State Brian Kemp for Voter Registration Records

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Project Vote filed a lawsuit today against Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, over his refusal to release public records relating to rejected voter registration applications. Read more

Victory in Va. as Federal Judge Dismisses Voter Purge Case

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A federal judge dismissed an effort by a so-called "voter integrity" group to force an unnecessary and dangerous voter purge. Read more

Virginia Voter’s Alliance v. Leider (Virginia): Order Granting Motion to Intervene and Motion to Dismiss

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Order Granting League of Women Voters' Motion to Intervene and Motion to Dismiss in Virginia Voter's Alliance v. Leider Read more

Virginia Voter’s Alliance v. Leider: Notice of Hearing Date

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Notice of June 17, 2016 hearing date in League of Women Voters of Virginia's motion to intervene in VVA v. Leider, filed 6.10.16 Read more