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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Appeals court nixes proof of citizenship for voting in Georgia

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by Kristina Torres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution A federal appeals court ruling late Friday blocked Georgia and two other states from... Read more

Appeals court strikes down proof-of-citizenship voting requirement in 3 states

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A victory for Project Vote and partners in our lawsuit to prevent improper proof-of-citizenship requirements in three states. Read more

U.S. appeals court to hear challenge to proof-of-citizenship voting requirement

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With the election two months away, Project Vote and partners ask a federal appeals court panel to block enforcement of EAC director's illegal proof-of-citizenship guidelines. 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

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

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

Appeals court overturns state’s proof-of-citizenship requirements on federal voting forms

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A federal appeals court has ruled that Kansas cannot require proof-of-citizenship documents from prospective voters who register using a federal voter-registration form… Read more

Hundreds flagged in NC voter rolls audit

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On Friday, a coalition of voting rights groups expressed concern about the audit in a letter to state elections officials. Read more

NC officials say 1,425 voters are in question

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A coalition of voting rights groups expressed “deep concern about the way in which the State Board of Elections is identifying and potentially removing voters who it alleges are noncitizens.” Read more