Resources

Brennan Center for Justice

The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy and law institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice.

The Brennan Center has published a series of reports and studies concerning voting rights and voter ID:

Can I Vote?

Run by the National Association of Secretaries of State, this nonpartisan website provides everything a voter needs to know about voting in his/her state: how and where to register, identification requirements if any, polling locations, information on early and absentee voting, and even links to learn more about candidates. 

Election Protection

The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is the lead partner of the non-partisan Election Protection coalition, of which VoteRiders is also a partner.  It was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process.

The coalition features state-of-the-art hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866ourvote.org), administered by the Lawyers’ Committee, and 1-888-Ve-Y-Vota (VeyVota.YaesHora), administered by the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials Education Fund.  These and other coalition resources provide comprehensive voter information and advice on how citizens can make sure their vote is counted.

The Election Protection coalition is also creating a smartphone app in English and Spanish that provides information and resources needed by voters to fully participate in the 2014 general elections. 

Got ID?

Demos, Common Cause, the Fair Elections Legal Network and the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law partnered to produce Got ID? Helping Americans Get Voter Identification in April 2012.  This document provides best practice guidelines on how to create a coalition of organizations, how to identify citizens who need help, and how to help them obtain required documents (e.g., birth certificates).

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)

The NCSL compiles comprehensive information including a map of Voter Identification Requirements for each state.  See if your state has a voter ID law, and if so, the requirements of the law.

Pennsylvania Voting Rights Coalition

The Pennsylvania Voting Rights Coalition is a nonpartisan, state-wide organization of diverse individuals and groups working to protect the right to vote of all Pennsylvanians through education, outreach and advocacy.  The Coalition’s 2013 campaign is designed to help all eligible voters in Pennsylvania have greater access to the polls, overcome obstacles to voting including obtaining voter ID, and access accurate voting information.