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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. 
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).

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.
Project Vote and League of Women Voters Call on Va. Gov. to Veto Harmful Bill Print E-mail

Proposed Rules Would Harm Democracy in Virginia, Say Voting Rights Advocates

February 28, 2013

RICHMOND, VA - Yesterday, Project Vote and the League of Women Voters of Virginia called on Governor Bob McDonnell to veto SB 1008, a piece of legislation that could have a disastrous impact on community voter registration drives in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

“Community groups set up tables at county fairs, grocery stores, and schools in order to connect with people where they live and help them to register to vote. This law will restrict their ability to reach Americans and engage them in democracy,” says Estelle Rogers, legislative director at Project Vote. “The last two years have seen a tidal wave of laws aimed at restricting voting, and SB 1008 is the latest in that trend. We ask Governor Bob McDonnell to support democracy in Virginia and veto this law.”

Proposed Rules Would Harm Democracy in Virginia, Say Voting Rights Advocates Print E-mail
Press Statement from League of Women Voters of Virginia and Project Vote

January 28, 2013

RICHMOND, VA -- Introduced earlier this month, Virginia House Bill 1747/Senate Bill 1008 could severely undermine the right of Virginia’s citizens to vote.
In the past few years, there has been a nationwide trend to disenfranchise Americans and reduce participation at the polls; this bill is the latest in that trend. Voting is a fundamental right. Greater participation by voters should be Virginia’s goal – not making registration and voting more difficult and less available.
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