24 Sep 2009

Indiana Voter ID Law Found Unconstitutional and Disenfranchising

Cross-posted to Project Voting Matters Blog One of the country's most contentious voting rights issues came back into the spotlight last Thursday when an Indiana court struck down the state's strict photo voter ID law as unconstitutional. The law, which was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2008, was

17 Sep 2009

CA Measure to Improve Youth Voter Engagement Goes to Governor

Cross-posted to Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog The California Legislature approved a bill last week to extend voter registration privileges to 17-year-old citizens. If signed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the bill would help put California youth on the road to a lifetime of democratic participation.

10 Sep 2009

Restoration of Civil Rights Gets Attention in Wisconsin and Virginia

Cross-posted to Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog Last month, we reported that citizens are becoming more sympathetic to voting rights restoration as they realize disenfranchisement of released felons does not just unnecessarily punish the ex-offender, but also the voice of their communities. This news resonated recently in the states of

03 Sep 2009

Revitalization of DOJ’s Civil Rights Division a Promising Sign for Voting Rights

Cross-posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog by Michael McDunnah A New York Times story this week reported that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder is planning to return the Justice Department's Civil Rights Division to its historical mission: protecting the civil rights of Americans. According to the article, the new

20 Aug 2009

Ga. Secretary of State Asks DOJ to OK Discriminatory Voter Verification Procedure

Cross posted to Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog A Georgia voter list maintenance procedure that the Department of Justice shut down as “discriminatory” in May is being brought up again by Secretary of State Karen Handel, who asked the Department to reconsider its decision and grant preclearance last Wednesday. This

13 Aug 2009

Restoration of Voting Rights Gains Support across the Nation

Cross-posted to Project Vote’s Voting Matters Blog The message that democracy works best when all citizens participate – including those reintegrating into society after serving time for felony convictions – is finally being heard by the public, the media, and the U.S. Congress. Whether the message will affect the change

06 Aug 2009

Officials Violate Voting Rights & State Laws by Implementing Stricter Photo ID Requirem

Cross-Posted to Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog State and federal law outlines, protects, and facilitates the voting rights of citizens. Under ideal circumstances, these laws make voting equally accessible to all eligible Americans without unnecessary barriers or hurdles. Unfortunately, the right to vote is too often misconstrued by the very

30 Jul 2009

Online Voter Registration Reaches Some Citizens, but Won’t Close the Electoral Gap

Cross-posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog. Access to voter registration continues to be an issue in the U.S. where only 71 percent of the voting eligible population is registered to vote. With young, low income, and minority citizens lagging behind in voter registration and participation, this fraction of registered

23 Jul 2009

Irrational Prosecutions the Latest Trend in the War on Voter Registration Drives

Cross-posted at Project Vote's Voting Matters Blog This week Project Vote and the ACLU of Pennsylvania filed a lawsuit, on behalf of ACORN, against Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett and Allegheny County District Attorney Stephen Zappala, Jr. The purpose of the suit is to  keep the district attorney from filing

16 Jul 2009

New Project Vote Report Evaluates Fifteen Years of the NVRA

Cross-posted at Project Vote's Voting Matter's Blog By Michael McDunnah Signed into law by President Clinton in May of 1993, the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) was hailed by some as “the final achievement of the 1960's voting rights revolution,” and proponents estimated that it would add 50 million Americans