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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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As Secretary Burwell Starts Work, Fixing Voter Registration System in Health Benefits Exchanges Should Be a Top Priority Print E-mail
Congressional Progressive Caucus and voting rights groups call on new head of HHS to address violations of federal voting law
 
June 5, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, as the Senate confirmed the appointment of Sylvia Mathews Burwell to head the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the leadership of the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) sent Secretary Burwell a letter emphasizing the importance of properly incorporating voter registration services into the federal Exchanges created under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). (The letter may be read here.) 
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In Election Legislation, Many Proposals but Few Solutions Print E-mail

New Project Vote Report Examines States' Records in 2014

May 29, 2014

Washington, DC – “The right to vote is threatened today in a way that it has not been since the Voting Rights Act became law nearly five decades ago,” President Obama said recently. And indeed, in this important election year, there is a battle over election laws being waged in state legislatures and the U.S. Congress. 

Today, Project Vote released a new report analyzing the legislative landscape in 2014, and assessing the ground gained and lost so far in the war over voting rights. 

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