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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The National Voter Registration Act: Case Summaries

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This analysis of litigation under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 covers key issues including: (1) the constitutionality of the NVRA; (2) public agency registration under Section 7; (3) voter list maintenance under Section 8; (4) designation of certain offices as mandatory agencies under Section 7; (5) voter registration process; and (6) restrictions on third-party registration. Read more

Voting Rights Advocates Ask, Why Won’t Jackson County Help?

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The voting rights groups Project Vote and the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now (ACORN) are working to make sure every eligible Missourian gets on the voter rolls, but boards of elections may be preventing eligible voters from voting in next week’s elections by hampering the efforts of groups to obtain lists of people who tried to register with the boards but whose applications were rejected. Read more

Project Vote v. Madison County Election Board (Ohio)

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In this lawsuit, Project Vote sought a temporary restraining order against the Madison County Board of Elections, which had announced... Read more

Legislative Summary: The National Voter Registration Act

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The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993 dramatically increased the opportunities for eligible Americans to become registered to vote in Federal elections. This document is a short summary of relevant sections, followed by a closer examination of some of the Act’s requirements. Read more