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What Kind of Year Has It Been for Election Laws? Print E-mail
New report shows support for reform is growing, but not fast enough to help most voters this November.

October 6, 2014
 
WASHINGTON, DC — With Americans heading to the polls in just four weeks, a new report from voting rights group Project Vote shows that many beneficial election reforms were proposed in 2014, but few voters will find it easier to cast a ballot on November 4. 
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On National Voter Registration Day, a Look at How States Restrict Voter Registration Print E-mail

 New Project Vote Report Examines Efforts to Shut Down VR Drives 

September 23, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – As America celebrates National Voter Registration Day, voting rights group Project Vote has released a new report examining the restrictions many states have imposed on efforts to help eligible citizens become registered voters.

“Since the civil rights era, voter registration drives have played a key role in bringing unregistered Americans and underrepresented populations into the electorate,” says Michael Slater, executive director for Project Vote. “However, that legacy is now under attack from partisan policy makers who want to make conducting a registration drive prohibitively expensive and risky.”

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Arkansas Neglecting Low-Income Voters, in Violation of Federal Law Print E-mail

September 3, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Citing evidence that low-income Arkansas residents have unlawfully been denied the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from the voting rights groups Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, the NAACP, Project Vote, and the law firm of Proskauer Rose today sent an official notice letter to Secretary of State Mark Martin, informing him that Arkansas public assistance agencies are failing to comply with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

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Project Vote Releases New Policy Paper on Voter Registration Transparency Print E-mail
August 15, 2014
 
altToday, Project Vote is pleased to release the latest policy paper in our Issues in Election Administration series,Voter Registration Transparency

We hear a lot about government transparency in policy debates these days, but very rarely in the context of voter registration. Project Vote hopes to change that. Voter registration transparency is essential for protecting the rights of voters and ensuring a fair and just democratic system. 
 
History demonstrates that election officials do not always comply with voter registration laws and put all eligible applicants on the voter rolls. We also find that voters are sometimes removed from the rolls through opaque and error-ridden procedures. Fair access to records is vital to ensuring that states are not using arbitrary or politically-motivated criteria for rejecting applicants or purging voters in secret. 
 
This is why the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires public disclosure of voter registration activities: to encourage accountability, to help identify and stop inaccurate voter list maintenance programs, and to educate voters on how to complete applications and remain on the rolls. 
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Arizona Once Again Failing to Offer Required Voter Registration Print E-mail

Secretary of State Bennett and State Agencies on Notice for Violations of Federal Law 

August 6, 2014

PHOENIX, AZ — Citing clear evidence that numerous low-income Arizona residents have been denied the opportunity to register to vote, the League of Women Voters of Arizona and the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) sent official notice today to Secretary of State Ken Bennett, as well to the heads of three Arizona public assistance agencies (the Department of Economic Security, the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, and the Department of Health Services), that the State is violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). 

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