25 Sep 2012
September 25, 2012

It’s National Voter Registration Day!

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For Virginia Voters: Register to Vote – if you are not registered, you must do so by October 15, 2012 – see here for more information on how to register. If you think you are already registered, check here. For example, if you registered four years ago and moved, check here to see if you..

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There has been a lot of reporting on the GOP efforts to restrict voting rights since the 2008 election.  The GOP strategy is simple (and sometimes, as in Pennsylvania, explicit) – when people vote, Democrats win, and so the GOP wants lower turnout.  In Virginia, the vote-supressors had some success in strengthening Virignia’s voter identification requirement. ..

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18 Sep 2012
September 18, 2012

#DNC2012 Voting Rights Institute

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Convention days were filed with caucus and other Democratic group meetings, including a meeting of the DNC’s Voting Rights Institute on Sept. 6, 2012.  We are happy to feature a guest column by Susan Dosier, a communications specialist who attended the meeting.  The Democratic Party and A Host of Voter Groups Needs Volunteers To Help Fight..

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27 Aug 2012
August 27, 2012

Protect and Promote the Vote 2012

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We have posted many stories on the 2012 GOP voter suppression efforts – in response, the Democratic Party needs to have a four part strategy – (1) oppose restrictive legislation in state legislatures; (2) challenge legislation and restrictive voting practices in court; (3) have a network of lawyers available for election day – and leading..

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 A recent “analysis of 2,068 alleged election-fraud cases since 2000 shows that while fraud has occurred, the rate is infinitesimal, and in-person voter impersonation on Election Day, which prompted 37 state legislatures to enact or consider tough voter ID laws, is virtually non-existent.”   The Study’s authors began “data-gathering effort in January 2012 by reviewing the more..

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15 Aug 2012
August 15, 2012

VA SBE Rejects Romney Voter Challenge

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Last week, the Virignia State Board of Elections rejected a challenge brought by the Romney campaign to the Voter Participation Center’s campaign to register new voters.   Here is the Statement from Page Gardner, President and Founder of the Voter Participation Center August 6, 2012:

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14 Aug 2012
August 14, 2012

Voter Protection Litigation Update

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Donna Brazile, the DNC Vice Chair for Voter Registration and Participation recently gave an inspiring talk at a Voter Protection Litigation Update sponsored by the DNC National Lawyers Council.  Speaking to a completely packed room, she encouraged attendees to “educate, advocate, and agitate” to ensure that voter registration and participation is not impeded in any way..

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20 Jul 2012
July 20, 2012

College Students Vote

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College students can register and vote in their college communities.  I have been working on this issue since I started at UVa – I was able to register and even served on the local committees, but registrars in other jurisdictions tried – and continue to try – to keep college students from registering and voting. ..

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Virginia recently strengthened its voter ID requirements, but did not require government-issued photo IDs, as discussed in this post. The Brennan Center  just issued a report on other states, however, that have this requirement:  “Ten states now have unprecedented restrictive voter ID laws.  Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Mississippi, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Wisconsin all..

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17 Jul 2012
July 17, 2012

They Don’t Want You to Vote

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As discussed in this post from Lee Dems, this fall Virginia is implementing  new voter identification requirements.  They Don’t Want You to Vote.   When you go to the polls on November 6th make sure to bring one of the following identification: your Commonwealth of Virginia voter registration card, or your social security card, or your valid..

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