Voting Policy

“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.

Voting-LinesThere 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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It’s Never Been More Important to Protect the Right to Vote

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The Nation's Ari Berman writes on the ways voting rights groups are combatting voter suppression. Read more

Gov. Deal Asked to Ensure Voters Are Free From Intimidation at the Polls

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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

Will the Latino ‘sleeping giant’ wake and vote this November?

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During the past few presidential elections, national media began to speculate on the effect of the Latino electorate and even gave it the moniker “the sleeping giant.” But every year, despite increased potential, it seemed that giant hadn’t yet awakened. Indicators suggest this could be the year... Read more

As state voter ID laws fall, Florida shines — for now

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At a conference on voting and elections at the University of Florida, officials from the ACLU, NAACP, Project Vote, and the Brennan Center sketched the litigation landscape in 2016. Read more

Atkins: Lower courts striking down voter ID laws

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In a series of rulings over the last two weeks, appellate courts across the country have been filling in the hole blown out of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 three years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court... Read more

Voter Fraud, Explained

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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

Voter ID bills killed 
in House committee 
on party-line vote

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“There was a recent analysis done by Project Vote ... that found that low income citizens, young people and communities of color are most likely to not have a state-used ID,” Elena Nunez, executive director of Colorado Common Cause, told the committee. Read more

Here Are Five Common Voter Suppression Tactics To Watch For

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Voter turnout is key in many races around the country, and so voter suppression tactics tend to crop up right before an election… Read more

Village looks to remove polling places from schools

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A nonbinding referendum on the November ballot asks residents whether polling places should be removed from elementary schools — a move, which, some say, could lead to voter disenfranchisement. Read more