Project Vote

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Project Vote
Project Vote logo.jpg
Type501(c)(3) non-profit
PurposeVoting rights
Formerly called
Voting for America

Project Vote (and Voting for America, Inc.)[1] was a national nonpartisan, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that worked to mobilize marginalized and under-represented voters until it ceased operations on May 31, 2017. Project Vote's efforts to engage low income and minority voters in the civic process included voting rights litigation and the provision of training, management, evaluation, and technical services.[2][3] Its last executive director was Michael Slater, who had worked for Project Vote since 2004.[4] In May 2017, the staff announced that Project Vote would suspend operations indefinitely due to difficulties maintaining funding.[5]


A national organization known as Project VOTE!, originally a project of Americans for Civic Participation, was active between 1982 and 1993, and after reorganizing formed the foundation of Project Vote. Project VOTE! is best remembered for a highly successful Chicago voter registration drive run by Barack Obama in 1992.[6][7][8]

Project Vote in its present form was incorporated in 1994 as Voting for America, Inc., and in 1997 it began registering as Project Vote/Voting for America. In 2010, the organization dropped Voting for America from its registered name.[9]

Between 1994 and 2008,[7] Project Vote often coordinated voter registration campaigns with local chapters of ACORN,[10][11][12] and Project Vote's board members also had membership in ACORN before the summer of 2008.[13] Project Vote has also worked with organizations such as Demos,[14] 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.

In February 2012, Voting for America/Project Vote filed a federal lawsuit suit on behalf of organizations dedicated to registering citizens to vote challenging Texas' burdensome restrictions on voter registration drives.[15]


  1. ^ "GuideStar database of charities and nonprofits". Retrieved 2008-07-16.
  2. ^ "Our Mission"
  3. ^ Law and Election Politics: The Rules of the Game; Matthew Justin Streb; Routledge Publishing; pg. 118
  4. ^ "Our Staff"
  5. ^ "Project Vote to Close Its Doors on May 31st". May 25, 2017. Retrieved June 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Reynolds, Gretchen (January 1993). "Vote of Confidence". Chicago Magazine. Retrieved 2008-07-20.
  7. ^ a b "Project Vote not 'an arm of ACORN'". St. Petersburg Times/CQ. 2008-10-10. Retrieved 2008-10-24.
  8. ^ Social Change Philanthropy in America; Alan Rabinowitz; Greenwood Publishing Group; 1990; pg. 198
  9. ^ Corporations Database. Louisiana Secretary of State's Web Site.
  10. ^ Fessenden, Ford (2004-09-26). "A Big Increase of New Voters in Swing States". The New York Times.
  11. ^ "Fighting For Every Last Vote". TIME magazine. 2004-10-18.
  12. ^ Slater, Michael (September 2007). "Voter Fraud?". National Voter.
  13. ^ Stephanie Strom (22 October 2008), Acorn Report Raises Issues of Legality The New York Times
  14. ^ "Demos, Project Vote Criticize DOJ After Meeting About NVRA Enforcement". Demos. Retrieved 2021-03-02.
  15. ^ Voting for America v. Steen; Brennan Center for Justice; November 21, 2012

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