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.

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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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Debunking the Myth of Non-Citizen Voting

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Fact sheet and talking points on the myth that millions of non-citizens cast ballots in American elections. Read more

Fact Sheet: The Truth About “Voter Fraud”

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Facts, talking points, and links to studies debunking the myth that "voter fraud" is a widespread problem in American elections. Read more

Project Vote Testimony on Virginia’s Proof of Citizenship Bill SB 1598

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Project Vote testifies in opposition to Virginia’s proof of citizenship bill, SB 1598. 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 on January 27, 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: Fall 2015

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In latest edition of our Threats and Opportunities series, Erin Ferns Lee examines the status of important election bills—harmful and helpful—that were introduced in 2015. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities: Spring 2015

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To date in 2015, lawmakers in 24 states have proposed at least 52 bills that threaten voting rights, while lawmakers in 36 states have proposed to improve election administration in some way... Read more

Letter to the North Carolina State Board of Elections on List Maintenance and Alleged Non-citizens

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On October 24, 2014, a coalition of voting rights groups wrote to North Carolina State Board of Elections members regarding list maintenance and alleged non-citizens. Read more