|Project Vote Releases New Report Evaluating Fifteen Years of the NVRA|
Today Project Vote is proud to release The NVRA at Fifteen: A Report to Congress, the first comprehensive report evaluating the implementation of this landmark law. Written by voting rights attorney Estelle Rogers, the new report evaluates how four major provisions of the NVRA have—and more importantly haven’t—been successfully implemented: the “motor voter” program, the mail-in registration form, public assistance agency registration, and list maintenance procedures.
As Frances Fox Piven, noted voting rights scholar and activist, explains in her foreword to The NVRA at Fifteen, “the reform of American registration procedures has met widespread resistance, some of it attributable no doubt to bureaucratic inertia, and some of it perhaps politically motivated.” Rogers explains how lack of enforcement, failures of state and federal leadership, and restrictive court decisions have left the full potential of the NVRA unrealized, and have left millions of disenfranchised Americans still awaiting the promise of a truly inclusive democracy.
This new report is also a call for renewed leadership to improve the implementation of the NVRA nationwide, recommending practices that states can adopt to improve their compliance, offering suggestions for legislative changes Congress could enact, and emphasizing the importance of ensuring that the Department of Justice finally commits fully to enforcing the NVRA.
To read this important new report, click here.
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