Proof of Citizenship

Protecting Eligible Voters

Coinciding with the nation’s tense immigration debate of recent years is a strong belief among certain partisans that undocumented people are somehow undermining the democratic process.


Instances of non-citizens attempting to cast a ballot are extremely rare, but this drummed up fear has real consequences: it excludes legitimate voters who do not have documentary proof of citizenship, such as seniors, students living away from home, or married people who adopt the surname of their spouses.

Further, proof-of-citizenship policies essentially quash community-based voter registration drives, which are responsible for reaching large numbers of potential voters at markets, churches, and other public places where one is unlikely to carry birth certicates and passports.

Ensuring that eligible Americans are not prevented from registering and voting due to unnecessary and discriminatory bureaucratic hurdles like proof-of-citizenship requirements is one of Project Vote’s key missions.

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Voting Rights Group Sues Ga. Sec. of State Brian Kemp for Voter Registration Records

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Project Vote filed a lawsuit today against Georgia's Secretary of State, Brian Kemp, over his refusal to release public records relating to rejected voter registration applications. Read more

Judge Upholds Disputed Voter-Registration Forms

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A federal judge rejected arguments that recent changes to the National Mail Voter Registration Form instructing residents of three different states to provide proof of citizenship should be reversed. Read more

League of Women Voters v. Newby: Order Denying Plaintiff’s Preliminary Injunction

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Order denying plaintiffs' motion for a preliminary injunction in LWV v. Newby Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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Voter registration is the first step to participating in democracy. In 2016, many states proposed new laws that, if passed, would affect a citizen’s access to voter registration and ultimately, the ballot box in November. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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The drumbeat for making voting more accessible continues as we head into what looks to be an extraordinary election in November. Read more

Department of Justice disowns EAC director’s move on proof of citizenship for voters

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Even the federal government says the director of a federal election agency erred when he allowed a group of red states to require proof of citizenship for those looking to vote. Read more

Groups Ask Court for Immediate Halt of Voting Restrictions

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Project Vote and partners file a motion to halt enforcement of proof-of-citizenship requirements on federal voter registration form in three states. Read more

League of Women Voters v. Newby: Motion for Restraining Order and Preliminary Injunction

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Motion for temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction in League of Women Voters v. Newby Read more

Suit Filed Challenging Move to Require Voter Proof Of Citizenship In 3 States

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A lawsuit was filed challenging the surprise move by the head of a federal elections agency to require proof of citizenship to register to vote in three states. Read more

Voting Rights Groups Sue Federal Election Official

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A coalition of voting rights groups on Friday sued a federal elections official who decided that residents of Alabama, Kansas and Georgia can no longer register to vote using a national form without providing proof of U.S. citizenship. Read more