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Project Vote Applauds Introduction of Bi-Partisan Bill to Restore the Protections of the Voting Rights Act Print E-mail
January 16, 2014
 
WASHINGTON—Today, Congressmen James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and John Conyers (D-MI), and Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT), introduced a bipartisan update to the Voting Rights Act. Michael Slater, executive director of voting rights group Project Vote, released the statement below in response:
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Alabama Agrees to Procedures to Ensure Voter Registration Opportunities at Public Assistance Agencies Print E-mail
January 8, 2014
 
Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, represented by attorneys from Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the law firms Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP and Copeland Franco, signed settlement agreements with the Alabama Secretary of State, the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR), and the Alabama Medicaid Agency addressing deficiencies in the state agencies’ provision of voter registration services and setting out procedures intended to guarantee compliance with Section 7 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
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Project Vote Files to Intervene in Arizona and Kansas Effort to Change National Voter Registration Form Print E-mail
Voter Registration Hampered by Proof of Citizenship Requirements, says Voting Rights Group
 
November 14, 2013

Washington, D.C. – Seeking to protect the rights of eligible voters in Arizona and Kansas, the voting rights organization Project Vote yesterday moved to intervene in the case of Kris W. Kobach et al. v. United States Election Assistance Commission. The states of Arizona and Kansas want to change the national voter registration form’s instructions to require that applicants in those states provide proof-of-citizenship documents in order to register to vote.
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Project Vote Pursues En Banc Hearing for Texas Voter Registration Case Print 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 Print 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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