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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Policy Paper: Restricting Voter Registration Drives

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In this comprehensive policy paper, Project Vote attorneys Michelle Kanter Cohen and Stephen Montellaro examine laws that restrict the important work of community-based voter registration drives. Read more

Policy Paper: Voter Registration Transparency

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This policy brief addresses the importance of transparency in the voter registration and list maintenance process, discusses current law and efforts to ensure public access to voter registration information, and reviews some best practices for making information available to the public. Read more

Policy Paper: Youth Voting

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This policy paper reviews the voting rates of 18- to 29-year-old citizens, examines laws that hinder or facilitate participation by young, non-college attending voters, and provides recommendations for effective policies that can improve participation rates for all American youth. Read more

Policy Paper: Restoring Voting Rights to Former Felons

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In this policy paper, Estelle H. Rogers examines the varying ways in which states regulate or prevent voting by former felons, and concludes with policy recommendations. Read more

Voter Registration at Public Assistance Agencies

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This policy paper examines Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act, which requires public assistance agencies to also serve as voter registration agencies. The report reviews early legal challenges to implementation of Section 7; covers the history of noncompliance; and gives examples of what states can do to fulfill the promise of the NVRA. Read more

Policy Paper: Photo ID Laws

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In this policy paper, Catherine M. Flanagan and Estelle H. Rogers look at photo voter ID laws, the concerns with voter ID policies, and litigation challenging strict photo ID laws. Read more

Policy Paper: Early Voting

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In this policy paper, Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle H. Rogers examines the advantages and concerns of today’s early voting and “no-excuse” absentee voting laws. Read more

Policy Paper: Permanent Portable Registration

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This policy paper defines permanent portable registration, discusses its numerous benefits, and suggests best practices when implementing permanent portable registration. In addition, this paper reviews the status of permanent portable registration laws in the states. Read more

Policy Paper: Same Day Registration

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This is a comprehensive overview of same day registration (SDR) that identifies the tremendous benefits and addresses the potential concerns of SDR. The paper summarizes the various systems currently in place around the country, offering examples of how legislators and election officials can best implement SDR to reach the greatest number of eligible citizens. Read more

Policy Paper: Online Voter Registration

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This paper defines online voter registration and discusses its numerous benefits. In addition, it raises potential concerns with online voter registration, and provides recommendations for implementing it in a manner that maximizes its reach and does not create inequities as it solves other problems. Read more