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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Project Vote and partners filed an amicus brief, to help stop an illegal purge of Philadelphia voters with past felony convictions. Read more
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
A federal judge dismissed an effort by a so-called "voter integrity" group to force an unnecessary and dangerous voter purge. Read more
Project Vote and partners are representing the League of Women Voters to prevent a dangerous voter purge ahead of the 2016 election. Read more
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
Since January, lawmakers on the state and federal levels have introduced over 180 bills that would change state and federal voting laws. Read more
Fair access to records is vital to ensuring that states are not using arbitrary or politically-motivated criteria for rejecting applicants or purging voters in secret. Read more
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
Project Vote Applauds Introduction of Bi-Partisan Bill to Restore the Protections of the Voting Rights Act
Today, Congressmen James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced a bipartisan update to the Voting Rights Act. Read more