Voter Registration Policy

IMG_0588aIn 49 out of 50 states, participating in the American democratic process requires an important first step: registering to vote.

Throughout American history, however, voter registration has frequently been used as a bureaucratic hurdle placed between eligible Americans and the ballot box.

That’s why Project Vote works across the country to ensure simple, fair, equitable voter registration policies that make it easier, not harder, for eligible citizens to register to vote.

From fighting laws that place unfair restrictions on community-based voter registration drives, to advocating for innovations like Automatic Voter Registration, Online Registration, Same-Day Registration, and Permanent-Portable Registration, Project Vote wants to make sure that every eligible American can register to vote.

Supreme Court Declines to Review Proof-of-Citizenship Case

Lawsuit brought by Arizona and Kansas to force changes in the federal voter registration form reaches the end of the road. Read more

Policy Paper: Restricting Voter Registration Drives

In this comprehensive policy paper, Project Vote attorneys Michelle Kanter Cohen and Stephen Montellaro examine laws that restrict the important work of community-based voter registration drives. Read more

Representational Bias in the 2012 Electorate

Analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau's Current Population Survey, Representational Bias reviews the story of who was eligible to vote, who was registered to vote, and who did vote in the 2012 general election. Read more

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Project Vote Testimony on Virginia Proof of Citizenship Bill HB 1598

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Project Vote submitted testimony in opposition of proof of citizenship bill HB 1598 to the House Privileges and Elections Committee on January 27, 2017. Read more

Voter Fraud Experts: Trump’s “Bizarre” Claim Of Illegal Votes Could Lead To Severe Voter Restrictions

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President Donald Trump’s continued bogus claims that between three and five million illegal votes were cast in the 2016 presidential election have drawn concern and criticism from voter fraud experts who say the allegation hurts the new administration’s credibility and paves the way for severe voter restrictions. Read more

Debunking Trump’s Voter Fraud Lies is Not Enough; We Must Also Prepare for What Comes Next

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The Trump administration's lies about illegal voting signal a massive attack on voting rights. Read more

Bill Alert: Voting Bills To Be Heard in Va. Legislature

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Several bills that would affect the right to vote were considered in Virginia's legislature, including two that Project Vote opposes. Read more

Project Vote Condemns Trump’s Dangerous Lies about “Illegal Voting”

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Donald Trump used his first official meeting with congressional leaders to falsely claim illegal voters cost him the popular vote. Project Vote’s president, Michael Slater, responds. Read more

Project Vote Testimony on Virginia Voter Registration Bill SB 871

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Project Vote submitted testimony opposing voter registration drive bill SB 871 to the Senate Privileges and Elections Committee on January 23, 2017. Read more

Project Vote Testimony on Virginia Proof of Citizenship Bill HB 1598

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Project Vote submitted testimony in opposition of proof of citizenship bill HB 1598 to the House Privileges and Elections Committee, Elections Subcommittee on January 24, 2017. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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With this new wave of hostility toward the democratic process, we can expect to see fewer viable legislative efforts to modernize election administration, and more egregious efforts to block the vote. Read more

The end of voter registration drives

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Elisa Wiseman, Isthmus Molly McGrath knows a way to get people excited about voting. “Let’s make registering to vote a... Read more

Fact Sheet: Online Voter Registration in the States

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To date, 34 states allow individuals to register to vote completely electronically. Five states have passed legislation to enable online voter registration in the near future, and several states have pending online voter registration legislation. Read more