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The Voter Participation Center Supports Challenge to Virginia’s Attempted Voter Purge

June 16, 2016

The Voter Participation Center (VPC) applauds the request by the League of Women Voters of Virginia, Demos and Project Vote to intervene in a legal battle to prevent an unnecessary and improper purge of voter rolls in advance of the 2016 election.

The Voter Participation Center is the country’s largest mail-based registration organization. It is a research-driven, non-profit and non-partisan organization dedicated to increasing the participation of unmarried women and other historically underrepresented groups in our democracy.

Page Gardner, VPC’s Founder and President, said, “At a time when more and more states are trying to restrict the right to vote, we need to make the process more accessible and open to expand our democracy. This needless and ill-advised attempt to purge voters is an attempt to keep otherwise eligible voters away from the polls. We stand with the League of Women Voters of Virginia, Demos and Project Vote in their lawsuit.”

A group identifying itself as Virginia Voter’s Alliance has filed a lawsuit against the Alexandria Registrar of Voters, arguing that Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires the Registrar to more aggressively remove (or purge) voters from the rolls. NVRA was passed in 1993 to increase voter registration opportunities and to establish requirements that states must follow when updating their voter registration rolls. The Voter Participation Center supports the League of Women Voters and other voting rights groups who disagree with this self-styled “election integrity” effort.


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