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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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Voting Rights Proposals Could Affect 2016 Elections Print E-mail

New report shows strong interest in making voting easier, but little progress

April 9, 2015

WASHINGTON, DC — Since January, lawmakers on the state and federal levels have introduced over 180 bills that would change state and federal voting laws.

“Three months into 2015, the battle for the 2016 election is already being fought in legislatures across the country,” said Michael Slater, executive director of the voting rights nonprofit Project Vote.

According to a new report released today by Project Vote, we have seen an increase in efforts to make voting easier and more convenient in the wake of last year’s 72-year low in voter turnout. However, with newly emboldened partisans in office and a major election a year and a half away, it’s hard to say how far these reform efforts are likely to go.

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Voter Empowerment Act would Improve Elections for Both Voters and Officials Print E-mail

March 19, 2015

Today, the Voter Empowerment Act (VEA) was introduced in the House of Representatives. Estelle Rogers, legislative director for Project Vote, issued the following statement in support of this important legislation.

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Voting Rights Advocates Settle Voter Registration Suit Print E-mail

DTA agrees to remedy NVRA compliance problems

March 19, 2015

BOSTON, NEW YORK, and WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Today, voting rights advocates announced a settlement with the Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) that will ensure that hundreds of thousands of eligible Massachusetts citizens are provided opportunities to register to vote in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). In light of the settlement, the parties have jointly requested that U.S. District Court Judge Denise J. Casper enter an order dismissing the claims against the DTA. The settlement will become effective when Judge Casper enters the requested order. 

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Voting Rights Groups Move to Enforce 'Motor Voter' in California Print E-mail

Investigations find the California Department of Motor Vehicles not in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act

February 5, 2015

Today, citing clear evidence that the State of California is violating its federally-mandated responsibility to offer California drivers and ID card holders the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Demos, Project Vote, ACLU Foundation of San Diego and Imperial Counties, and the global law firm Morrison & Foerster sent a pre-litigation notice letter to the California Secretary of State on behalf of the League of Women Voters of California, ACCE Institute, California Common Cause, the National Council of La Raza, and several individual California citizens.

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