Project Vote

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Project Vote
Project Vote logo.jpg
Formation 1994
Type 501(c)(3) non-profit
Purpose Voter registration
Executive Director
Michael Slater
Formerly called
Voting for America

Project Vote (or Voting for America, Inc.)[1] is a national nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that works with marginalized and under-represented voters. Its current executive director is Michael Slater, who has worked for Project Vote since 2004.[2] Project Vote's efforts to engage low income and minority voters in the civic process include the provision of training, management, evaluation and technical services.[3]

Project Vote was founded in 1994 as Voting for America, and changed its name in 1997 to Project Vote/Voting for America. In 2010, the organization dropped Voting for America from its name.[4] An earlier, unrelated[citation needed] organization, known as Project VOTE!, was active between 1984 and 1994. It is best remembered for a highly successful Chicago voter registration drive run by Barack Obama in 1992.[5]

Between 1994 and 2008,[6] Project Vote often coordinated voter registration campaigns with local chapters of ACORN.[7][8][9] Project Vote's board was made up entirely of ACORN members prior to the summer of 2008 when news of an embezzlement scandal at ACORN made headlines.[10]

Project Vote has also worked with organizations such as Demos, National Voting Rights Institute, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, and the Fair Elections Legal Network regarding election administration policy and voting rights, including enforcement of the National Voter Registration Act through research, litigation and technical assistance.


  1. ^ "GuideStar database of charities and nonprofits". Retrieved 2008-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Our Staff"
  3. ^ "Our Mission"
  4. ^ Corporations Database. Louisiana Secretary of State's Web Site.
  5. ^ Reynolds, Gretchen (January 1993). "Vote of Confidence". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2008-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Project Vote not 'an arm of ACORN'". St. Petersburg Times/CQ. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  7. ^ Fessenden, Ford (2004-09-26). "A Big Increase of New Voters in Swing States". The New York Times. 
  8. ^ "Fighting For Every Last Vote". TIME magazine. 2004-10-18. 
  9. ^ Slater, Michael (September 2007). "Voter Fraud?". National Voter. 
  10. ^ Stephanie Strom (22 October 2008), Acorn Report Raises Issues of Legality The New York Times

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