National Voter Registration Act

It may seem unthinkable now, but as late as the 1980s, Americans in many states had only one option if they wanted to register to vote: Show up in person at a central registrar's office, which might be open only during restricted business hours and located far from the voter's home. Even in places...
05/20/2013
News/Resource
For our democracy to thrive, the freedom to vote must be fiercely protected for all citizens, regardless of class or privilege. The right to vote provides the foundation that makes all other rights possible. Yet, much work needs to be done to be sure our election system works for all Americans....
05/20/2013
Publication
Demos Counsel Lisa Danetz will testify in front of the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights on compliance with the National Voter Registration Act.
04/11/2013
Event
Just about a year ago, the one millionth eligible American was able to register to vote at a public assistance agency as a result of these efforts in five key states where Demos has been involved - Ohio, Missouri, North Carolina, Virginia, and Illinois. Since then, New Mexico, Indiana and...
09/26/2012
Data Byte
Protecting the freedom to vote for all eligible Americans is of fundamental importance in a democracy founded upon the consent of the governed. One of the most serious threats to the protection of that essential right is the increase in organized efforts, led by groups such as the Tea Party...
09/09/2012
Publication
PHILADELPHIA – On Wednesday, the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) and ACTION United entered a Court approved Settlement Agreement with the Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele, Secretary of Public Welfare Gary D. Alexander, and Secretary of Health Dr. Eli N. Avila resolving claims...
08/23/2012
Press Release
BOSTON – Miles Rapoport, president of the non-partisan public policy organization Demos, released the following statement in response to today’s baseless accusations that the organization’s voting rights litigation in Massachusetts was driven by a partisan agenda or was in any way connected to...
08/08/2012
Press Release
In 1993, Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA)—commonly known as the “motor voter” law—to boost election participation by ensuring that all eligible citizens have ample opportunities to register to vote.  Because Congress determined that low-income citizens and those with...
08/08/2012
Publication
Today marks the 22nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a civil rights law protecting people with disabilities from discrimination in public spaces and work places, among others. In 2010, nearly 1 in 5, or 56.7 million, Americans had a disability, according to a report released by...
07/26/2012
Blog
In Pennsylvania advocacy organizations including Demos, Project Vote and the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, are suing to make the state comply with the National Voter Registration Act, or Motor-Voter. According to plaintiffs, "the majority of clients seeking public...
07/06/2012
News/Resource
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