Project Vote is one of the country’s leading nonpartisan voter registration and voter education organizations. Yet our work is made meaningless if state laws, rules, and procedures do not afford low-income and minority Americans an equal opportunity to participate in the democratic process.
Despite significant progress in the last fifty years towards fulfilling the promise of the First, Fourteenth, and Fifteenth Amendments to the Constitution, including the passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) of 1963, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, and the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002, Americans from historically disadvantaged communities still encounter barriers registering to vote and voting. In the past few years, even organizations working to increase participation among low-income and minority voters have encountered barriers as new state laws restrict their effectiveness.
In the past few years Project Vote has significantly expanded its in-house legal team, which works to uncover barriers to political participation at the state and local level that require legal action. Project Vote--often working with other civic rights organizations and local counsel--brings suits against practices that violate state and federal laws (including HAVA and NVRA) to disenfranchise or intimidate voters, improperly remove or purge eligible voters from the rolls, or unfairly restrict the efforts of voter participation organizations to bring new citizens into the electorate.
For the past decade Project Vote has focused on enforcing the NVRA, specifically the provisions requiring states to offer voter registration to public assistance recipients. In fact, Project Vote helped bring some of the first cases that decided the constitutionality of the Act. In recent years Project Vote has also taken action to challenge a range of voter suppression laws, including several severally restricting the ability of organizations to help minority Americans register to vote.
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