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Proposed Election Rules Create New Hurdles for Voter Registration and Risk Improper Voter Roll Purges Print E-mail
Project Vote and Voting Rights and Civic Engagement Groups call on Governor Pence to Veto
 
April 29, 2013
 
Indianapolis – The Indiana legislature yesterday passed election rules that will make it more difficult to register to vote, and increase the risk of improper purges, according to national voting rights group Project Vote. Project Vote is calling on Governor Pence to veto the bill, SB 519.
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Harmful Language Barrier in Elections Bill Would Impact Many Seeking Assistance at the Polls Print E-mail
April 22, 2013

Clearwater, Florida – As the senate election bill SB 600 heads to the floor for a final vote on Wednesday, voting rights advocates are flagging the amended language in the bill that creates a harmful barrier to some voters to cast a ballot. Local residents and members of the Florida Consumer Action Network, Awake Pinellas, PICO, Project Vote, and the ACLU will gather outside of Senator Jack Latvala’s office (26133 US Highway 19 North, Clearwater, Florida) at 2 p.m. on Tuesday April 23 to call for changes to the elections reform package, specifically language which hurts elderly and language minority voters by limiting who can provide assistance to them when casting their ballot.
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Legislative Battles Over Voting Rights Continue in 2013 Print E-mail
New Project Vote Report Examines States' Records

March 27, 2013

Washington, DC – In a report released today, voting rights organization Project Vote analyzes all of the voting related bills introduced, passed, or rejected across the country in the first quarter of 2013, and finds that the recent trend towards disenfranchisement continues. 
 
According to the report, Election Legislation 2013: Threats and Opportunities Assessment, 30 states introduced laws that restrict voting. 
 
While the lawmakers’ continued focus on voter restrictions is disturbing, the report also finds a groundswell of support for ways to protect and improve access to the democratic system. “Members of Congress, state lawmakers, and the American people are focusing on combating anti-voting measures and bringing our election system into the 21st century,” writes report author Erin Ferns Lee. 
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SCOTUS to Hear Important Case on the National Voter Registration Act Print E-mail

Appeal focuses on Arizona’s controversial proof-of-citizenship requirements, but has national ramifications for voter registration efforts

March 15, 2013

Washington, DC – While a great deal of attention has been focused recently on the U.S. Supreme Court’s consideration of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act (VRA), another vitally important voting rights issue will be argued before the justices next week.

On Monday, March 18, the Court will hear oral arguments in Arizona v Inter Tribal Counsel of Arizona, an appeal of two consolidated cases brought by voting and civil rights organizations. At the center of the case is Arizona’s controversial law mandating that people applying to register to vote provide proof-of-citizenship documentation, a requirement that violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).

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Voter Registration Should Be Simple, But in Arizona it is Not, Says Project Vote Executive Director Print E-mail
March 20, 2013 
 
On March 18, the Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments in the case of Arizona v. Inter Tribal Counsel of Arizona. Project Vote is one of several plaintiffs represented in the case. Michael Slater, executive director of Project Vote, released the following statement about the case
“Voter registration should be a simple process for all eligible Americans, but in Arizona it is not. Arizona requires citizens to provide documentary proof of their citizenship. This law results in eligible Arizonans being denied registration and stymies the efforts of community voter registration drives.
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