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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League of Women Voters v. Newby

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Project Vote and partners filed suit against EAC executive director Brian Newby, for allowing three states to require proof of citizenship from registrants using the federal voter registration form. Read more

Kobach et. al. v United States Election Assistance Commission

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Seeking to protect the rights of eligible voters in Arizona and Kansas, Project Vote moved to intervene in the case... Read more