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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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

Virginia Voter’s Alliance v. Leider: Brief in Support of Motion to Intervene

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Brief in support of League of Women Voters of Virginia's motion to intervene in VVA v. Leider, filed 6.10.16 Read more

Virginia Voter’s Alliance v. Leider: Motion to Intervene

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League of Women Voters of Virginia's motion to intervene in VVA v. Leider, filed 6.10.16 Read more

Virginia Voter’s Alliance v. Leider (Virginia)

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Project Vote is representing the League of Women Voters of Virginia as they move to intervene in a potentially dangerous voter purge case in Alexandria, Va. Read more

Voting Rights Groups Move to Intervene in Virginia Voter Purge Case

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Project Vote and partners are representing the League of Women Voters to prevent a dangerous voter purge ahead of the 2016 election. Read more

Both Lawmakers and Citizens Push for Voting Reforms Before 2016 Election

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In 2015, nonpartisan voting rights group Project Vote monitored 315 bills, introduced by state and federal lawmakers, that could change the way people vote in 2016 and beyond. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Fall 2015

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In latest edition of our Threats and Opportunities series, Erin Ferns Lee examines the status of important election bills—harmful and helpful—that were introduced in 2015. Read more

New Project Vote Report Examines Voting Rights Proposals

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Since January, Project Vote has closely monitored 315 bills that could affect the way people vote in 2016 and beyond.... Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Spring 2015

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To date in 2015, lawmakers in 24 states have proposed at least 52 bills that threaten voting rights, while lawmakers in 36 states have proposed to improve election administration in some way... Read more

Voting Rights Proposals Could Affect 2016 Elections

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Since January, lawmakers on the state and federal levels have introduced over 180 bills that would change state and federal voting laws. Read more