Working Group on Protecting and Expanding the Right to Vote
In the federal courts, Congress, and many state legislatures, debates are raging about voter rights and election procedures. Members of this Working Group track controversies and developments at the national and state level and empirically assess the impact (or potential impact) of various kinds of procedural rules – including voter ID laws, shifts in the days and hours when voters can cast ballots, and measures such as online registration and same-day voter registration. Which reforms restrict access to the voting booth, and which reforms enlarge access? Which reforms boost participation by those formerly not engaged, and thus promote equality of ballot access? Working Group members write briefs, OpEds, and memos to inform legislators, civic groups, and the public; and they are making special efforts to identify states considering reforms to enlarge voter rights and equalize election participation, in order to help policymakers and citizen leaders in those states understand which reforms are most likely to achieve such goals.
- Voting rights OpEds and interviews by Working Group members
- SSN briefs on voting rights issues by Working Group members
- SSN Spotlight: "Forward or Back on Voting Rights?" (January 2014)
- Evidence-Based Solutions: What States Can Do to Help Citizens Vote
- Evidence-based Voter Registration Reforms: Policy Options to Help Increase Turnout in New Mexico