Early Voting

Common-Sense Convenience

The idea that Election Day can only be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November seems to be a thing of the past. The busy and complicated lives of American voters have demanded other choices.

Early-voting-signMany states have expanded opportunities to vote before Election Day, in order to accommodate voters’ schedules and in the hope of increasing turnout by making voting more convenient.

These conveniences have proven popular with voters and election officials alike. They help prevent long lines on Election Day, reduce the burden on Election Day pollworkers, and have the potential to increase turnout and expand the electorate, particularly among minority voters.

Policy Paper: Early Voting

In this policy paper, Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle H. Rogers examines the advantages and concerns of today’s early voting and “no-excuse” absentee voting laws. Read more

Model Bill: Early Voting

This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills relating to implementing efficient, effective early voting policies. Read more

Fact Sheet: Early Voting

A summary of the benefits, challenges, and existing laws concerning early voting. Read more

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Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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With this new wave of hostility toward the democratic process, we can expect to see fewer viable legislative efforts to modernize election administration, and more egregious efforts to block the vote. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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While advocates and lawmakers have slowly worked over the last 50-plus years to make the democratic process more inclusive, efficient, and modern, the future of voting rights remains uncertain under Trump. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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While legislative activity has slowed over the summer, the legal battles over election laws are heating up. Project Vote Legislative Director Marissa Liebling discusses the current landscape. Read more

Project Vote Statement on North Carolina Ruling

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Project Vote's president, Michael Slater, issues a statement on the striking down of North Carolina's infamous voter suppression law. Read more

The Struggle to Protect Voting Rights Continues in 2016

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Project Vote intern Julia Burzynski explores the repercussions of the first major election without voting protections that were once guaranteed by the Voting Rights Act. Read more

The Ugly Climate in North Carolina

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Continuing a pattern of discriminatory laws, North Carolina just passed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Read more

Victory for Ohio’s 17-Year-Old Primary Voters

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An Ohio state judge was right to stop Sec. of State Husted's attempt to prevent 17-year-olds from voting in primaries, but the decision came too late to help those who had early voted. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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Last week, in his final State of the Union Address, President Obama indicated his interest in modernizing our election system... Read more

Opinion: Reforming election process can improve voter turnout

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Project Vote and partners illustrate why Pennsylvania, where fewer than a quarter of registered voters turned out to vote in November, needs to update its voting system. Read more

How Electronic Poll Books Improve Elections

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Modernizing our election procedures is a win-win for election officials and voters alike. One such commonsense reform is the adoption... Read more