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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Georgia NAACP v. Kemp (2016)

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Project Vote and partners filed a federal lawsuit alleging that Georgia’s exact-match voter registration verification scheme violates the VRA and the First and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution. Read more

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

Voting for America v. Steen (Texas)

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The lawsuit (formerly Voting for America v. Andrade) challenges the Texas Volunteer Deputy Registrar statute that creates several onerous restrictions... Read more

Project Vote v. Long (Virginia)

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After receiving reports from their local community partners regarding large numbers of rejected voter registration applications—particularly from students at the... Read more

ACORN v. Corbett (Pennsylvania)

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ACORN filed suit in the U.S. District Court Western Division of Pennsylvania, against Allegheny County district attorney, Stephen Zappala and... Read more

ACORN v. Maryland Transit Authority (Maryland)

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ACORN and Project Vote filed suit against the Maryland Transit Administration (MTA), challenging the restrictions on ACORN’s right to register... Read more

Project Vote v. Rokita (Indiana)

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The day before the 2008 general election Project Vote filed an emergency lawsuit against Indiana Secretary of State Todd Rokita... Read more

Project Vote v. Madison County Election Board (Ohio)

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In this lawsuit, Project Vote sought a temporary restraining order against the Madison County Board of Elections, which had announced... 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