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New Policy Paper on Early Voting E-mail
November 7, 2013
 
Continuing in our Issues in Election Administration series, today Project Vote is releasing a new policy paper on Early Voting
 
Early voting policies allow voters to cast their ballots in person, but at alternative times and locations, inalt addition to Election Day at their traditional polling place. It is one of the fastest growing trends in election administration, now in effect in 30 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, several states offer no-excuse absentee voting—which increases the flexibility for eligible citizens seeking to cast a ballot—and two states conduct their elections entirely by mail.
 
“The idea that Election Day can only be the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November seems to be a thing of the past,” writes Project Vote Legislative Director Estelle Rogers. “The busy and complicated lives of American voters have demanded other choices.”
 
In this new policy paper, Rogers provides a comprehensive overview of this issue. She explains the various policies in place across the country, makes recommendations for best practices, and counters the arguments that partisan opponents use to reject or curtail early voting hours. In addition, this paper reviews the status of early voting laws in all 50 states.
 
Early voting is just one of the election reforms Project Vote and our partners are working to achieve through research, media initiatives, and advocacy efforts.
 
 
Project Vote Pursues En Banc Hearing for Texas Voter Registration Case E-mail
October 17, 2013

Washington, DC – Today, attorneys for Project Vote filed a petition for rehearing en banc in the case of Voting for America (a Project Vote affiliate) v. Steen, requesting that the case be heard by the full roster of active judges on the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. This action follows a 2-1 ruling by a panel of three Fifth Circuit judges earlier this month. The case is about Texas state election laws that place significant restrictions on voter registration drives.
 
“Texas makes it harder than any other state to help eligible citizens register to vote,” says Michael Slater, executive director of Project Vote. “It’s no surprise then that Texas also has one of the lowest rates of voter participation in the country."
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"Voter Purge Tour Demonstrates How Gov. Scott's Latest Attack on Voters is Inaccurate, Illogical, and Targets Naturalized Citizens E-mail

With Civil Rights and Immigrant Justice Concerns Unaddressed and Ignored, Florida’s Purge Tour Raised More Questions Than it Answered

October 9, 2013

FORT LAUDERDALE - Today Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner concluded the last of five meetings across the state, meetings supposedly designed to inform Supervisors of Elections and the public about Florida’s latest effort to remove alleged noncitizens from the voting rolls. Joined by his director of elections Maria Matthews, Detzner confirmed that he is creating a list of suspected noncitizen voters by cross-checking the Department of Homeland Security System Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (SAVE) database with the state’s voter data. After five days of discussion, however, it is clear that the use of SAVE data is inaccurate, unfair, poorly thought out and alarmingly similar to the error-ridden purges we have seen in the past.

Members from our organizations were present at every stop of the tour, bringing our concerns about the implementation of the renewed purge program. Chief among these concerns are:

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