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.

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Fewer Than Half of Eligible Minority and Low-Income Americans Voted in 2006, New Report Shows

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Project Vote releases a report today, “Representational Bias in the 2006 Electorate,” that finds a continuing problem with the U.S. electorate: those who are registered and vote are not representative of the overall U.S. population eligible to vote. Read more

Representational Bias in the 2006 Election

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In this report analysing the composition of the 2006 electorate, Douglas R. Hess finds a continuing problem with the U.S. electorate: those who are registered and vote are not representative of the U.S. population eligible to vote. Read more

Florida NAACP v. Browning (Florida)

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In 2007, Florida law stated that a voter application would be considered invalid unless the state performed a successful database... Read more

Arizona Proposition 200 Decision, Another Strike Against the NVRA and Voter Participation

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The federal district court in Arizona has just granted partial summary judgment to Arizona in Gonzalez v Arizona. The disappointing decision upholds the part of Proposition 200, a 2004 anti-voter and immigrant rights initiative which requires voter registration applicants to provide proof of citizenship in order to register to vote. Read more

The Cost of a GOP Myth

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Harold Meyerson at The Washington Post writes about the GOP Attorneygate Scandal and the myth of voter fraud. Read more

The Politics of Voter Fraud

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In this comprehensive report, Lorraine C. Minnite separates the politics of voter fraud from legitimate administrative concerns about the integrity of the electoral process. Read more

New Report Examines “The Politics of Voter Fraud”

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Widespread “voter fraud” is a myth promulgated to suppress voter participation, according to a new Project Vote report released this week. 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

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

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