Who Watches the Watchmen? We do.
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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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
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
A voter advocacy group says a court ruling giving the public access to Virginia’s voter-registration applications has national implications. Read more
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
Voter registration applications are public documents, a federal appeals court ruled Friday. Read more
Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals decision in Project Vote v. Long Read more
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
A federal judge issued a stay to an earlier ruling that would have made voter registration records available to the public. Read more
“It’s a victory not just for Project Vote but it’s a victory for opennesss,” Project Vote attorney Ryan Malone said. Read more