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Next Monday, March 18, the Supreme Court will review the critical voting rights case, Arizona v. Inter Tribal Council, Inc (ITC). The stakes in the case are high: The ruling could gut the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, commonly known as “Motor Voter.” The NVRA requires states to provide voter registration opportunities when citizens get a driver’s license or seek government services at other agencies and provides for voter registration by mail, which is particularly important for citizen-led voter registration drives. In so doing, it protects voters against state restrictions on voter registration for federal elections.
We must protect this critically important legislation. When the Federal Elections Commission (FEC) first analyzed the NVRA in 1996, it found that the legislation had led to the highest percentage of voter registration ever on record. In the 2010 election alone, the most recent year for which data is available, the NVRA helped register over 45 million voters.
2:00pm ET, Friday, March 15
This Friday, March 15th at 2:00pm ET, we will be co-hosting a tweet chat with fellow voting and civil rights groups to explain the nation’s strong need for the National Voter Registration Act. Use hashtag #NVRA to join the conversation.
If the Supreme Court rules against the NVRA, states would be free to pass laws that restrict voter registration activities and prevent eligible citizens from registering to vote.
#NVRA Tweetchat Co-Hosts