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Supreme Court Declines to Review Proof-of-Citizenship Case Print E-mail

Lawsuit by Arizona and Kansas to Force Changes in Federal Voter Registration Form Reaches the End of the Road

June 29, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the United States Supreme Court denied a Petition for Certiorari filed by Arizona and Kansas in Kobach v. U.S. Election Assistance Commission. By refusing to hear an appeal in the case, the Supreme Court leaves in effect the November 2014 decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals, which unanimously ruled that Arizona and Kansas cannot force the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) to alter the federal voter registration form to require documentary proof of citizenship.

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Voting Rights Advocates Settle Long-Running Voter Registration Suit Print E-mail

MassHealth, EOHHS, and SOC Agree To Remedy NVRA Compliance Problems

June 17, 2015

BOSTON, NEW YORK, and WASHINGTON, D.C. – Voting rights advocates and Massachusetts officials announced today that settlements have been reached in a three-year old federal lawsuit regarding the requirement to provide voter registration opportunities to low-income citizens who receive public assistance benefits. 

The lawsuit, filed in May 2012, was brought by New England United for Justice (NEU4J) and the New England Area Conference of the NAACP (NAACP-NEAC) against the Secretary of the Commonwealth (SOC), the Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA), the Office of Medicaid (MassHealth), and the Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS). It alleged that the state’s public assistance agencies were failing to provide voter registration services that are mandated by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA is the same law that requires voter registration services to be provided when a citizen applies for a driver’s license.
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Project Vote to Join Hundreds of Americans in Roanoke Voting Rights Rally on Shelby Anniversary Print E-mail
June 22, 2015
 
Washington, D.C.— Project Vote will travel to Roanoke, Virginia’s Elmwood Park this Thursday, June 25, to join civil rights groups and voting rights advocates in a rally to restore the Voting Rights Act. On this 2nd anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Shelby County v. Holder decision to gut the Voting Rights Act, Project Vote will gather with hundreds of concerned Americans to defend the right to vote and ensure that all Americans can participate in our democracy. 
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North Carolina in Violation of "Motor Voter" Law Print E-mail

Voting Rights Groups Call on State to Fix Voter Registration at DMVs, or Face Litigation

June 1, 2015

NEW YORK, RALEIGH, AND WASHINGTON, DC – Attorneys for Action NC, Democracy North Carolina, the North Carolina A. Philip Randolph Institute (APRI), and several North Carolina residents sent a pre-litigation notice letter today to Kim Strach, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (NCSBE), as well as Secretary of Transportation Anthony Tata and Commissioner of Motor Vehicles Kelly Thomas, alleging that the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles (“DMV”) is failing to meet its voter registration obligations. 

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), commonly known as “Motor Voter,” requires the DMV to provide voter registration services whenever an individual applies for, renews, or changes their address on a driver’s license or state-issued identification card. DMVs are then required to transmit this information to the appropriate election official within 10 days (or 5 days if a voter registers or changes their information within 5 days of the close of registration).

Today’s letter—sent on behalf of the individuals and voting rights groups by attorneys from Dēmos, Project Vote, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—cites clear evidence that the DMV is violating its legal requirement to provide voter registration services and transmit registration information to election officials.

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Voting Rights Advocates Call on North Carolina to Take Action after Voter Registrations Drop Sharply at State Public Assistance Agencies Print E-mail

May 8, 2015

RALEIGH, N.C. – Citing clear evidence that the state of North Carolina is failing its obligation to provide low-income residents with a meaningful opportunity to register to vote at public assistance agencies, today Democracy North Carolina, Action NC, and the A. Philip Randolph Institute (“APRI”) sent a pre-litigation notice letter to Kim Strach, Executive Director of the North Carolina State Board of Elections (“NCSBE”), as well as Dr. Aldona Wos, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services (“DHHS”).

According to the letter, voter registration applications initiated at public assistance agencies have dropped dramatically since Gov. Pat McCrory took office. The number of applications originating from such agencies fell from an annual average of 38,400 between 2007 and 2012 to an average of only 16,000 in  the last two years, a decline of more than 50 percent.

The notice letter—sent on behalf of the voting rights groups by attorneys from Dēmos, Project Vote, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Southern Coalition for Social Justice—gives  the state 90 days to come into compliance with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (“NVRA”) or face litigation. 

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