“We have to fix that,” President Obama said on Election Night 2012, following widespread reports of long lines at polling stations. In the beginning of 2014, a report from the bipartisan Presidential Commission on Election Administration (PCEA) recommended a number of common sense reforms to improve voting, including increasing opportunities for early voting.
There is a growing, bipartisan consensus that reform is needed. However, pro-voting reforms like early voting continue to meet strong partisan resistance, and many states continue to pass voter ID laws and other restrictions that place hurdles between eligible Americans and the ballot box. Meanwhile, millions of citizens—disproportionately Americans of color—are prevented from voting at all due to strict felony disenfranchisement laws.
Project Vote believes our democracy works best when everyone participates, and we work to implement common-sense reforms that make it easier, not harder, for every eligible American to cast a ballot that counts.
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The election may be over, but—as the Trump administration takes shape—it's clear that the battle for voting rights is just beginning. Read more
While the full impact of voter suppression measures in the United States is unclear, we do have a glimpse into all the many barriers that affected voters and would-be voters in the 2016 elections. Read more
A post-election message to the civil and voting rights communities, from Project Vote president Michael Slater. Read more
The Nation's Ari Berman writes on the ways voting rights groups are combatting voter suppression. Read more
U.S. Department of Justice submitted this statement of interest in NC NAACP v. NC SBOE, a case concerning wrongful purging of the voter rolls in North Carolina in violation of the National Voter Registration Act. Read more
R. Robin McDonald writes about our letter to Gov. Deal asking him to take action to protect Georgia voters from intimidation at the polls. Read more
Pennsylvania takes steps to ensure Election Day runs smoothly and fairly in light of dangerous rhetoric about rigged elections and vigilante poll monitors. Project Vote encourages other states to follow suit. Read more
Project Vote has asked the governors of several states to take steps to reassure their citizens that they can expect a safe voting environment on Election Day. Read more
Project Vote requests that Gov. McCrory speak out against voter intimidation and develop plans to deal with illegal poll monitoring and other intimidation tactics. Read more