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Federal Court Rules That Louisiana Systemically Violated the NVRA Print E-mail
January 24, 2013

Public Agency Clients Must Be Offered an Opportunity to Register to Vote

titleNEW ORLEANS, LA – On January 23, voting rights advocates won a major legal victory on behalf of Louisiana’s public assistance agency clients, the state’s most vulnerable and most marginalized residents.

In a 36-page ruling, following a trial in October 2012 in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Louisiana, Judge Jane Triche Milazzo found that the state of Louisiana violated federal law by failing to offer an opportunity to register to vote to all applicants and recipients of food stamps, TANF, Medicaid, and WIC. The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires that voter registration be offered to all such individuals, whether they seek benefits in person, or by the internet, telephone, or mail.

“The NVRA’s purpose is to expand voter registration and encourage participation in our great democracy,” said Sarah Brannon, director of the Public Agency Voter Registration Program at Project Vote. “The state of Louisiana spent over two years fighting compliance with the NVRA. Thankfully their efforts were not successful, because the court recognized that a meaningful opportunity to register to vote must be provided to low-income citizens.”
Project Vote Applauds Congressional Leadership on Election Reform Print E-mail
November 16, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Yesterday, U.S. Senator Chris Coons (D-Del.) and U.S. Representative George Miller (D-Calif.) both introduced federal legislation designed to address the delays and problems millions of Americans endured at the polls on Election Day. Today, Project Vote Executive Director Michael Slater issued the following statement in response:
“On Election Day, voters in Florida, Virginia, and other states waited as long as nine hours to cast a ballot. Others voters were turned away or forced to vote provisional ballots because of registration mistakes, poll worker errors, or other unnecessary obstacles to voting. On Election Night, newly reelected President Obama said, ‘We have to fix that.’ 
On Historic Night, President Says "We Have to Fix" Voting; Project Vote Agrees Print E-mail
November 7, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Michael Slater, executive director of Project Vote, released the following statement:
“In his victory speech in Chicago last night, President Obama thanked ‘every American who participated in this election,’ and appropriately so. Almost 120 million Americans exercised their right to vote, reaffirming again the power of our democracy.
Project Vote Calls on NC Election Officials to Protect the Rights of College Voters Print E-mail

Due to redistricting confusion, ballots in question for voters at Warren Wilson College

November 5, 2012

ASHVILLE, NC — Last night, attorneys from the national voting rights organization Project Vote sent a letter to election officials in Buncombe County, as well as to the State Board of Elections, expressing concern over the possible disenfranchisement of more than 1,000 students, faculty, and staff members who reside at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa.

Residents of the small liberal arts college have always registered to vote using the address of the campus’s central mail facility at 701 Warren Wilson Road. However, a redistricting plan passed by the North Carolina legislature in 2011 drew a line straight down the middle of the campus, putting dorms on the north side in one state legislative district and dorms on the south side in another.

Unfortunately, no one told the people who live there until this past week, after early voting in North Carolina had already begun.

Local and National Groups Rally to Protect Voter Rights Print E-mail
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Youth Vote, Hispanic Vote Surging; Groups Will Gather to Highlight First-time Voters and Poll ID Requirements
Phoenix, AZ -  Marking the close of early voting this Friday, several local and national groups will gather together with students and first-time voters on the steps of the Maricopa County Elections Department. The Friday afternoon rally will highlight the surge of young Latino registrants, challenge the Secretary of State’s "suspense" list, educate the public on voter identification requirements, and reemphasize the message of "Get Out and Vote."
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