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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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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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