Project Vote is a preeminent source of information on election and voting issues that affect underrepresented Americans.

Our research and publications cover a wide range of topics, including the composition of the electorate, state compliance with federal election law, and policy issues that improve access or raise barriers to democracy.

Additionally, Project Vote provides the voting rights community with an array of tools and resources to assist in advocacy and voter engagement efforts.


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Research Memo: NVRA Public Agency Registration Field Research Results

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A report on the results of field research of NVRA-required voter registration servicesat sixty-three public assistance offices in the following seven states: Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. Read more

Ohio Votes: Civic Engagement in the Buckeye State, 2002-2006

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In this report, Benjamin Spears provides a concise review of Ohio’s population and voter participation of various demographic groups in the November 2006 elections. The report is based largely on the U.S. Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey. Read more

Pennsylvania Votes: Civic Engagement in the Keystone State, 2002-2006

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In this report, Benjamin Spears provides a concise introduction to Pennsylvania’s population and voter participation of various demographic groups in the November 2006 elections. Read more

Unequal Access: Neglecting the National Voter Registration Act, 1995-2007

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This 2008 report—co-authored by Demos and Project Vote as part of their joint effort to improve National Voter Registration Act implementation nationwide—examines in details the national decline in voter registration at public assistance agencies, and details the potential of the NVRA to increase registration among low-income citizens. Read more

Who Votes in the Bluegrass State? The Composition of Kentucky’s Electorate,2002-2006

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This report uses Census Bureau Current Population Survey data to present information on Kentucky’s population, voter registration and voting over time and compared to the United States. We pay special attention to the racial, ethnic, age and income demographics within Kentucky. Read more

Representational Bias in the 2006 Election

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In this report analysing the composition of the 2006 electorate, Douglas R. Hess finds a continuing problem with the U.S. electorate: those who are registered and vote are not representative of the U.S. population eligible to vote. Read more

Caging Democracy: A 50-Year History of Partisan Challenges to Minority Voters

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This report reviews Republican voter caging operations during the last 50 years, culminating with the unprecedented number of large voter caging operations conducted across the nation in the 2004 presidential election. Read more

Summary Chart: Voting Caging Map

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Voter caging is a practice of sending non-forwardable direct mail to registered voters and using the returned mail to compile lists of voters, called “caging lists,” for the purpose of challenging their eligibility to vote. This map gives a 50-year history of challenges to minority voters. Read more

Policy Brief: Your Ballot is in the Mail: Absentee Voting and Vote-by-Mail

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This 2007 policy brief examine the advantages and disadvantages of convenience voting in the form of no-excuse absentee voting, permanent no-excuse absentee voting, and Vote-By-Mail. Read more

The Politics of Voter Fraud

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In this comprehensive report, Lorraine C. Minnite separates the politics of voter fraud from legitimate administrative concerns about the integrity of the electoral process. Read more