Voter Registration Modernization

Yet these reforms still leave the burden of registration on the voter. The holy grail of registration reform remains universal registration. As the Election Protection coalition states in its report on the 2008 election, this would mean a registration system that was automatic, permanent (providing...
05/22/2009
News/Resource
When Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in 1993, its goals were to "increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote in elections for Federal office" and "protect the integrity of the electoral process." Yet, while most states created effective programs for mail...
05/19/2009
Publication
Demos and Project Vote sent a letter to California Secretary of State Deborah Bowen informing her office that California's public assistance agencies are not in full compliance with the National Voter Registration Act, citing evidence of declining registration numbers at those offices.
05/14/2009
Publication
The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and the LCCR Education Fund filed this friend-of-the-court brief urging the Supreme Court not to void a section of the Voting Rights Act that requires some jurisdictions to get Justice Department approval for changes in election procedures.
03/25/2009
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Demos submitted this testimony from Demos President Miles Rapoport to the House Subcommittee on Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, highlighting the denial of voter registration opportunities for low-income voters and veterans, and underscoring the continued systemic problems with the...
03/18/2009
Publication
Allegra Chapman, Counsel in the Democracy Program, delivers testimony on the benefits of Election Day Registration before the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland General Assembly.
02/26/2009
Publication
Report authors R. Michael Alvarez and Jonathan Nagler have analyzed the likely impact on voter turnout should New Mexico adopt Same Day Registration (SDR). Under the system proposed in New Mexico, eligible voters who miss the current 28-day deadline for registering by mail may be able to register...
02/19/2009
Publication
Allegra Chapman, Counsel in the Democracy Program, delivers testimony on the benefits of Election Day Registration before the House Ways and Means Committee of the Maryland General Assembly.
02/19/2009
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