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Florida Voter Purge Lawsuit Heads Back to Court Print E-mail
Civil Rights Groups to Argue that Statewide Purge Program Violates Federal Law

October 9, 2013

Miami – Florida’s 2012 voter purge program goes to court again on Thursday, when a three-judge panel hears oral arguments in a lawsuit challenging the initiative. A coalition of civil rights groups – Project Vote, Fair Elections Legal Network, Advancement Project and LatinoJustice PRLDEF, as well as SEIU and law firms Jenner & Block LLP and Chavez & de Leon, which are handling the case pro bono – will argue that Gov. Rick Scott’s voter purge activities in 2012 violated the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which stipulates that systematic list maintenance programs must not be undertaken within 90 days of a federal election. In October 2012, the district court held that the 90-day rule did not apply to Florida’s purge of suspected non-citizens, limiting the reach of the NVRA’s prohibitions on election-eve purges. On Thursday, the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit will hear the Plaintiffs’ appeal of that ruling.

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New Jersey Failing to Offer Voter Registration to Low-Income Residents Print E-mail

National Voting Rights Groups Put Lt. Gov. Guadagno and DHS on Notice for Violations of Federal Law

October 1, 2013

TRENTON, NJ – Citing clear evidence that numerous low-income New Jersey residents have been denied the opportunity to register to vote, attorneys from Rutgers Constitutional Law Clinic, Project Vote, Demos, the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP have issued official notice to Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, as well as the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS), that the state is not in compliance with the requirements of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).  

The notification letter, sent today on behalf of the New Jersey State Conference of the NAACP, calls on Guadagno and DHS to take corrective action necessary to bring New Jersey into compliance with the NVRA by offering voter registration opportunities at public assistance agencies or to face possible litigation.

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Fill Out Full Virginia State Voter Registration Form, Advise Voting Rights Advocates Print E-mail
August 29, 2013

Overlooking box on the form can cause eligible applicants to be rejected, says Project Vote

RICHMOND, Va. – A spot check of rejected voter registration applications in the state of Virginia found that a large percentage of applications had been rejected because applicants had overlooked an easily missed section on the state voter registration form
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Project Vote Statement on North Carolina Voter Suppression Bill Print E-mail
July 23, 2013
 
Today, the Rules Committee of the North Carolina Senate is considering a new version of HB 589, an omnibus election administration bill. This version, rewritten by senate leadership, contains changes that would be disastrous for the voting rights of all North Carolinians. Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater had the following statement in response:
 
“North Carolina’s senate leadership has taken a bad bill and made it immeasurably worse with new or edited language. HB 589 already included onerous voter ID provisions that could potentially disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of eligible North Carolina voters. Now, the new bill is a wide-ranging package of voter suppression policies that would severely hinder the ability of eligible voters to cast a ballot in the state. 
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Nearly 400,000 Low-Income Ohioans Apply to Register to Vote Print E-mail
July 23, 2013
 
Because of a Successful Lawsuit by Project Vote and other Voting Rights Groups, Ohio Public Agencies Continue to Show Significant Gains in Voter Registration
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Nearly 400,000 low-income Ohioans applied to register to vote, or updated their existing registrations, at public agency offices in 2011–2012, according to a new report released by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). This represents a continuation of dramatic increases in applications that has resulted from a successful lawsuit brought by voting rights groups to bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993. Since settling the lawsuit in 2009, Ohio’s trend has been significant gains in voter registrations at public agencies. 
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This chart displays the numbers of voter registration applications collected by public agencies in the state of Ohio as reported to the EAC. In the years following Project Vote and its partners’ 2006 notice to the state about lack of compliance with the NVRA, the state saw an uptick in registrations.
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