The Democracy Program collaborates with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations
and reform-minded government officials to change the ways in which citizens
participate in their government by fixing the systems that discourage
voting, hinder competition and promote the interests of the few over
the rights of the many. The Center advances these goals using tools of research, policy
analysis and publications, media outreach and public education,
legislative counseling and advocacy and legal action.
Since the "hanging chad" debacle of 2000, states have worked hard to
restore trust in Election Day by updating voting machines. Slowly, but
surely, they're making progress. But now, charges of "fraud" and
"suppression" in voter registration are kicking up a cloud of
controversy — and again endangering voter confidence.
Maintaining accurate voter rolls and ensuring that all eligible voters who register to vote actually make it onto voting rolls are two of the most important functions of election administration.If an eligible voter cannot vote because his name doesn't appear on the voter roll used in an election, the problem will not be addressed by the federal guarantee of a provisional ballot. Such a ballot cannot register a person to vote, it can only preserve a ballot in the case the voter rolls at the precinct are mistaken or the