June 21, 2013
Project Vote is pleased to release the next installment in our Issues in Election Administration
policy-paper series, Same Day Registration
Same Day Registration (SDR, also known as Election Day Registration) has proven to be an innovation in electionadministration that both expands the electorate and conveniences voters. However, despite the growing acceptance of SDR across the country and its smooth implementation for 35 years, there is still stiff resistance to adopting such policies in many states, and efforts in other states to restrict or eliminate existing SDR policies.
“Policy makers would do well to consider the overwhelming benefits of SDR in expanding the electorate,” writes Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle Rogers. “Given the successful track record in states that have adopted SDR, legislators should resist the ill-advised attempts to roll back this important innovation.”
In this new policy paper
, Rogers provides a comprehensive overview of this issue, identifying the tremendous benefits and addressing 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.
Download this policy paper here.
The National Voter Registration Act Trumps Restrictive Arizona Voting Law
June 17, 2013
Today, the Supreme Court of the United States issued its ruling in the case of Arizona v. The Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc., a lawsuit challenging 1993’s National Voter Registration Act. Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater issued the following statement on the positive ruling:
May 30, 2013
Project Vote is pleased to release the latest policy paper in our Issues in
Election Administration series, Online Voter Registration.
voter registration is a promising and increasingly popular way for states to
expand the options available to eligible citizens to register to vote. Properly
implemented, systems that allow citizens to register or update their
registration information online have the potential to increase the accuracy of
the voter rolls, reduce election administration costs, and bring more
Americans—particularly underrepresented younger Americans—into the electoral
election officials must take care to ensure that such systems are designed to
maximize the efficiency and impact of online registration. Furthermore, it is
important to recognize that online registration may not help all populations
equally. Officials should take steps to ensure that the shift towards
electronic registration does not leave certain demographics behind and
exacerbate existing disparities in the electorate.
by Project Vote Election Counsel Michelle Kanter Cohen, Online Voter Registration provides a comprehensive
overview of this issue, identifying both the tremendous benefits and potential
concerns of online registration. The
paper summarizes the various systems currently in place around the country, and
offers reasonable recommendations for how legislators and election officials
can best design online systems to reach the greatest number of eligible
Download this policy paper here.
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