Voter Registration Drives

December 4, 2012

At a time when political operatives are trying to make it harder for some Americans to participate in the democratic process, community-based voter registration drives continue to increase the number of eligible Americans registered to vote. Voter registration drives conducted by nonpartisan, nonprofit organizations have dramatically increased voter registration rates among groups that have traditionally faced the greatest barriers to voting, including low-income, minority, and young voters.

In recent years, however, state legislatures have attempted to make it harder for voter registration drives to operate.

The Brennan Center engages in advocacy and litigation to prevent unnecessary barriers to voter registration drives and to ensure that any regulation of those drives serves voters and protects First Amendment rights. The Brennan Center has successfully challenged restrictive laws in Florida and Ohio. We also helped to defeat efforts to restrict drives in other states.

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50 State Voter Registration Drive Guide

Community voter registration drives have increased the numbers of registered voters for decades. But in recent years, state legislatures have increasingly made it harder for voter registration drives to operate. This Brennan Center guide analyzes the most onerous aspects of state restrictions on voter registration drives and provides a state-by-state snapshot of the laws in each of the 50 states. View the full report here

Alabama
Alaska
Arizona
Arkansas
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Delaware
Florida
Georgia
Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa
Kansas
Kentucky
Louisiana
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Michigan
Minnesota
Mississippi
Missouri
Montana
Nebraska
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
North Dakota
Ohio
Oklahoma
Oregon
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Texas
Utah
Vermont
Virginia
Washington
Washington D.C.
West Virginia
Wisconsin
Wyoming