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State Restrictions on Voter Registration Drives

State Restrictions on Voter Registration Drives

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State Restrictions onVoter Registration Drives
By Diana Kasdan
Brennan Center for Justice
 
at New York University School of Law 
 
 ABOUT THE BRENNAN CENTER FOR JUSTICE
  The Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law is a non-partisan public policy andlaw institute that focuses on the fundamental issues of democracy and justice. Our work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform, from racial justice in criminal law to Constitutional protection in the fightagainst terrorism. A singular institution
 — 
part think tank, part public interest law firm, part advocacy group
 — 
the Brennan Center combines scholarship, legislative and legal advocacy, and communications to winmeaningful, measurable change in the public sector.
 ABOUT THE BRENNAN CENTER 
S DEMOCRACY PROGRAM
 
 The Brennan Center’s Democracy Program works to repair the broken systems of American democracy. We
encourage broad citizen participation by promoting voting and campaign reform. We work to secure faircourts and to advance a First Amendment jurisprudence that puts the rights of citizens
 – 
not special interests
 – 
at the center of our democracy. We collaborate with grassroots groups, advocacy organizations, andgovernment officials to eliminate the obstacles to an effective democracy.
 ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
 
 The Brennan Center gratefully acknowledges the Democracy Alliance Partners, Educational Foundation of  America, Ford Foundation, Anne Gumowitz, Irving Harris Foundation, The Joyce Foundation, The JPBFoundation, Mitchell Kapor Foundation, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Mertz GilmoreFoundation, Open Society Foundations, Rockefeller Family Fund, the State Infrastructure Fund, the WilliamB. Wiener Jr. Foundation, and Nancy Meyer and Marc Weiss for their generous support of our voting work. Thank you to Brennan Center colleagues, Jonathan Brater for his invaluable contributions to both theresearch and drafting of this report andLianna Reagan for her many hours of assistance, particularly incontacting election officials. A special thank you to legal intern Josh Stagerfor his extensive researchthroughout this project. This report also benefited greatly from the direction and guidance of Wendy Weiserand the thoughtful editorial assistance of Jim Lyons.
 
 ABOUT THE AUTHOR 
 
Diana Kasdan
 
serves as counsel for the Brennan Center’s Democracy Program. As part of the Voting Rights
and Election team, Ms. Kasdan focuses on litigation and advocacy to enhance political participation, prevent voter disenfranchisement, and ensure election integrity. Prior to joining the Brennan Center, Ms. Kasdan wasa senior staff attorney at the ACLU Reproductive Freedom Project where she litigated a variety of constitutional and civil rights cases in federal and state courts across the country. A graduate of New York University School of Law and Washington University, Ms. Kasdan clerked for the Honorable Nicholas G.Garaufis of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.

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