Voter Roll Transparency

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The history of election administration in the U.S. is plagued with erroneous, partisan, and illegal practices that have denied the right to vote to American citizens. Valid voter registration applications have been wrongfully denied. Thousands of eligible voters have been mistakenly—or deliberately—removed from the rolls. Phony claims of voter registration fraud have been used to attack, persecute, and restrict voter registration efforts.

Fair access to records is vital for ensuring that states are not using arbitrary or politically-motivated criteria for rejecting applicants or purging voters in secret. This is why the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires public disclosure of voter registration activities: to encourage accountability, to help identify and stop inaccurate voter list maintenance programs, and to educate voters on how to complete applications and remain on the rolls.

And that’s why Project Vote is leading efforts to make sure states are complying with their transparency obligations under the NVRA, guaranteeing that voter registration records and list maintenance procedures are clear, in compliance with law, and available for inspection.

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Suit Claims Georgia Secretary of State Violated Federal Voting Law by Withholding Records

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Project Vote has sued Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp in an effort to force the release of voter registration records the group says it needs to determine if voters were improperly rejected or purged from voter rolls. Read more

Georgia sued over voter registration records, again

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Georgia is being sued for the second time this year over its handling of voter records, this time by a group seeking more information from Secretary of State Brian Kemp about how the state decides to reject applicants trying to register to vote. Read more

Project Vote v. Kemp: Complaint

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Complaint filed July 6, 2016 in Project Vote v. Kemp. 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

Project Vote v. Kemp (Georgia)

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

Nonprofit Sues Arizona for Voting Records

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Arizona asked a nonprofit watchdog for $50,000 for election registration records, but provides the information to political parties for free, Project Vote claims in court. Read more

We’re Suing for Transparency in Arizona Elections

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Call us crazy, but—given all the problems people have had voting in Arizona—we think voter list maintenance should be done in the light of day. Read more

Project Vote v. Reagan et al: Complaint

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Complaint filed April 27, 2016 in Project Vote v. Reagan. Read more

Project Vote v. Reagan, et al (Arizona)

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Project Vote is suing Arizona to make sure voter registration records are available for inspection as required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). 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