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Our Mission

Our goal is simple: to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of America’s citizenry. Through advocacy, litigation, and technical assistance, Project Vote is fighting to make sure that every eligible citizen is able to register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.

Voter Registration Policy

We know that most Americans will vote, once they get registered. That’s why Project Vote’s work is focused on promoting sensible laws, rules, and procedures that make it easier, not harder, for eligible citizens to become registered voters. Read more

Voting Policy

The way Americans vote is changing, and Project Vote works to make sure we're making the polls more, not less, accessible. Read more

List Maintenance

Voter registration is only the first step: we also have to make sure that registrants get on the rolls, and stay on the rolls. That’s why Project Vote works to protect eligible voters from wrongful purges, voter caging, and other dangerous efforts to “clean-up” the lists. Read more

Government Agency Registration

Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) to ensure that state governments played a leading role in providing our most vulnerable citizens a chance to participate in American democracy. Project Vote and our partners are working to make sure they do, and to realize the full potential of this landmark law. Read more

Civic Engagement

Since the beginning of the Civil Rights movement, voter engagement efforts have played a vital role in our democratic process. Project Vote brings our 20 years of field experience to help community-organizations run efficient, effective voter registration drives and Get Out the Vote programs. Read more

Bill Tracking

Project Vote's bill tracking service provides up-to-the-minute information on election legislation—good and bad—that has been proposed in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. Read more

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U.S. Election Assistance Commission Research Finds Polling-Place ID Laws Reduce Minority Turnout

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Advocates expressed deep concern today over new data that suggests Latinos, Asian Americans, and African Americans are less likely to vote as a result of increasingly restrictive voter identification (ID) requirements. Read more

Model Bill: Voter List Maintenance

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This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills on voter list maintenance. Read more

Free Speech Blocked at Bus Stops: ACLU Challenges MTA Ban Against ACORN

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Calling a Maryland Transit Administration regulation an unconstitutional restriction on First Amendment freedoms, the American Civil Liberties Union of Maryland today took the MTA to court to get the rule stricken. Read more

Harkless v. Brunner (Ohio)

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In September 2006 Project Vote and partners filed a lawsuit against officials in the state of Ohio alleging widespread violations of Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

ACORN v. Cox (Georgia)

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The lawsuit challenges a Georgia State Board of Election rule that states: No person may accept a completed registration application... Read more

Harkless v. Brunner: Notice Letter

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Pre-litigation notice letter concerning Ohio's violations of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). Read more

Commonwealth of Kentucky v. State Board of Elections (Kentucky)

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The complaint sought declaratory and injunctive relief for a purge of approximately 8,000 Kentucky voters conducted by the State Board... Read more

Project Vote v. Blackwell (Ohio)

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This lawsuit challenges an Ohio law requiring that compensated voter registration workers register with the state after completing an on-line... 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