Election Protection provides a snapshot of the endemic problems that continue to plague American elections and sets the stage for federal and state officials to finally address the enduring difficulties that infect the voting process of this country.
Early Voting Patterns by Race in Cuyahoga County, Ohio: A Statistical Analysis of the 2008 General Election
A statistical analysis of the 2008 General Election in Cuyahoga County, Ohio evaluates early voting patterns by race. Results provide an empirical basis to conclude that reducing early in person voting disproportionately affects African American voters.
On Wednesday, February 16th, Voting Rights Project Co-Director Marcia Johnson-Blanco testified before the Maryland State Senate Committee on Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs regarding the State's proposed Voter's Rights Protection Act. The Lawyers' Committee supports the proposed legislation with some amendments as it would help combat deceptive practices that may discourage or disable voters from casting their ballot for the candidate of their choice.
A letter sent to the Senate State Administration Committee urged Montana lawmakers to oppose HB152, a voter ID bill that does not provide a mechanism for indigent voters to acquire one, effectively a poll tax.
Not only would this bill increase the number of election-related problems on and before Election Day, it would severely-- if not completely -- restrict the ability of non-partisan programs, like Election Protection, which solves many Election Day problems, from providing critical assistance to Florida's voters.
Testimony of Barbara R. Arnwine, Executive Director, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Before the Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties
Demos, an Election Protection coalition partner, has released a briefing paper which "describes some of the common problems experienced with provisional ballots, emerging issues, and states to watch in 2008."
Coalition partners Common Cause, the Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, and the Century Foundation have released a report about "deceptive practices 2.0: false information disseminated via the Internet, email and other new media."
Alliance for Justice Fact Sheet on Permissible Nonpartisan 501(c)(3) and Partisan Contact in Voter Protection
The Alliance for Justice, an Election Protection partner, recently released a fact sheet outlining permissible contact between nonpartisan 501(c)(3)s and partisan campaigns concerned with Voter Protection.
The Almanac provides a meticulously detailed survey of Latino voter registration, voter turnout, and voting behavior in all presidential elections since 1976, as well as in recent federal and state elections.
A pocket-sized handbook that "provides important electoral statistics on the Latino vote, in the top ten states with large Latino populations," as well as "easy to reference state by state data on Latino voters and their growing presence within the nation's political landscape."
Lawyers' Committee executive director Barbara Arnwine tells the Senate Rules Committee how the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act addresses key issues that cause millions of eligible voters to be disenfranchised.
"New Media Tactics," the second in Rock the Vote's series of "Winning Young Voters" handbooks, shows you the basics of how to use new media -- email, the Internet, social networks, and mobile phones -- to register young voters and get them to the polls.
Jonah Goldman, Director of the National Campaign for Fair Elections, and Wendy Weiser, Deputy Director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center for Justice, co-authored An Agenda for Election Reform, providing detailed solutions to the problems and deficiencies in the American electoral system.