No Match, No Vote Policy Paper
Congress passed the Help America Vote Act (HAVA)
in 2002 to impose fair
and more uniform standards for state election administration, including
provisions to streamline and modernize voter registration databases and
establish identification requirements. However, some states
have misinterpreted the law and passed onerous “No Match, No Vote” laws.
Under such statutes, if a state is unable to match the information on a
voter’s registration application with information in an existing
government database, the application is denied outright. As the new
paper explains, however, research shows that matching voter data with
other government databases is an unreliable, error-laden process, and
that conditioning the right to vote on such a flawed system will
inevitably disenfranchise eligible citizens.
No Match, No Vote summarizes the
history, research, and key court cases related to the issue, and
provides recommended best practices for states to adopt to help ensure
that no eligible citizen is disenfranchised.