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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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

Project Vote Releases New Policy Paper on Voter Registration Transparency

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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

Policy Paper: Voter Registration Transparency

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This policy brief addresses the importance of transparency in the voter registration and list maintenance process, discusses current law and efforts to ensure public access to voter registration information, and reviews some best practices for making information available to the public. Read more

Appeals court rules Virginia voter registration applications open for public inspection

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A voter advocacy group says a court ruling giving the public access to Virginia’s voter-registration applications has national implications. Read more

Voting Rights Victory in Virginia

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Friday, after a two-year legal battle, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit upheld a lower court’s ruling for the plaintiffs in Project Vote v. Long, a precedent-setting case brought by voting rights advocates to ensure the transparency of the voter registration and voter roll maintenance processes. Read more

Court: Voter registration applications must be made public

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Voter registration applications are public documents, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Read more

Project Vote v. Long: Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Opinion

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Project Vote v. Long Read more

Harris County and Dems settle voter applications dispute – for now

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Harris County officials and the Democratic Party have settled an ongoing legal dispute over denial rates of new voter registration applications - at least for now. Read more

Judge stays ruling in Norfolk voter registration case

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A federal judge issued a stay to an earlier ruling that would have made voter registration records available to the public. Read more

Federal judge rules voter registration records must be public

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“It’s a victory not just for Project Vote but it’s a victory for opennesss,” Project Vote attorney Ryan Malone said. Read more