Resources

Here is a list of organizations/projects focusing on voting rights and reform-related issues:

  • American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to defending and protecting our individual rights and personal freedoms.
  • Advancement Project is a nonprofit organization devoted to racial justice, and that deals, in part, with fair election issues.
  • All About Redistricting is a blog devoted to redistricting published by Loyola Law professor Justin Levitt.
  • American Constitution Society is a blog that focuses on making a difference in the constitutional, legal and public policy debates that shape our democracy.
  • American Enterprise Institute is a private, nonpartisan, not-for-profit institution dedicated to research and education on issues of government, politics, economics and social welfare.
  • Asian Americans Advancing Justice is a group that promotes a fair and equitable society for all by working for civil and human rights and empowering Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other under-served communities.
  • Asian Americans United, founded in 1985, has a mission to build leadership in Asian American communities to build neighborhoods and unite against oppression.
  • Ballot Access News is a blog that focuses on ballot access news published by leading national expert Richard Winger.
  • Bipartisan Policy Center is a non-profit organization that “combines politically-balanced policy-making with strong, proactive advocacy and outreach.”
  • Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law is a nonpartisan law and policy institute that seeks to improve our systems of democracy and justice.  Its work ranges from voting rights to campaign finance reform.
  • The Brookings Institute is a nonprofit organization devoted to analyzing public policy issues at the national level.
  • The Campaign Finance Institute is a a think tank that focuses on money in politics on the state and federal level.
  • The Campaign Legal Center a website which has a mission of “representing the public interest in the enforcement of campaign and media law.
  • Center for Deliberative Democracy housed in the Department of Communication at Stanford University, is devoted to research about democracy and public opinion obtained through Deliberative Polling®.
  • Center for Politics & Public Policy at Franklin & Marshall University fosters the study of politics and public policy.
  • Center for Responsive Politics is a a research group tackling money in politics – and what the effects are.
  • The Center for Voting and Democracy is “at the center of research, education and advocacy about ranked choice voting, a constitutionally protected right to vote, a national popular vote for president, and, most fundamentally, fair representation voting forms of proportional representation.”
  • Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life by targeting government officials who sacrifice the common good to special interests.
  • Common Cause is a citizens’ lobby that spearheaded efforts to pass the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002, the most significant campaign reform bill in a generation, banning political parties from raising and spending soft money.
  • Common Cause Pennsylvania
  • Corporate Reform Coalition is a group of organizations concerned for social, environmental and political justice.
  • Democracy Chronicles is a source for news on the effort to establish and strengthen democracy across the globe.
  • Democracy Corps is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to making the U.S. government more responsive to the people.
  • Democracy Fund is a Washington D.C.-based philanthropic organization dedicated to being a voice for the people – not politicians.
  • Demos is a public policy organization working for an America where we all have an equal say in our democracy and an equal chance in our economy.
  • Draw the Line Midwest is an alliance of nonprofit, nonpartisan civic engagement organizations working together to ensure electoral districts are drawn in a way that is fair, accountable and reflects the diversity of the populace.
  • Equal Vote Blog is a publication by Moritz College of Law’s Dan Tokaji.
  • Equality Pennsylvania is a leading organization advancing equality and opportunity for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Pennsylvanians – including their voting rights.
  • Election Law Blog is a site devoted to election law issues with original and aggregated content.
  • Electronic Registration Information Center is a non-profit corporation governed by a board of directors made up of member-states.
  • Fair Elections Legal Network is a is a national, nonpartisan voting rights, legal support and election reform organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies.
  • Federal Election Commission is an independent regulatory agency tasked with disclosing campaign finance information, enforcing the provisions of the law such as the limits and prohibitions on contributions, and overseeing the public funding of presidential elections.
  • FairVote is a non-profit, non-partisan organization with a history of working with people from across the spectrum.
  • Federal Voting Assistance Program is an organization that works to ensure service members, their eligible family members and overseas citizens are aware of their right to vote and have the tools and resources to successfully do so from anywhere in the world.
  • Heritage Foundation is a research and educational institution whose mission is to formulate and promote conservative public policies.”
  • Institute of Public Affairs at Temple University “conducts, supports, and disseminates interdisciplinary research to inform and improve public policy, focusing particularly on Philadelphia, the greater metropolitan area, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.”
  • Issue One is a group dedicated to the cause of campaign finance reform. It advocates to take big money out of politics.
  • Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to enlist the private bar’s leadership and resources in combating racial discrimination and the resulting inequality of opportunity – work that continues to be vital today.
  • League of Women Voters of Pennsylvania is a nonpartisan, nonprofit citizen organization that helps voters learn about government issues and candidates.
  • Military Voter Protection Project aims to defend military members’ right to vote.
  • Money, Politics and Transparency Project is a global forum that provides a rich set of resources intended for stakeholders working to improve political finance systems in their own country, including in-depth research, analysis and case studies on political finance practices, global transparency principles for monitoring political finance and a link to a network of like-minded advocates.
  • More Soft Money Hard Law is a site that publishes articles on campaign finance and more.
  • National Conference of State Legislatures provides information on online voter registration – the 19 states that offer online registration, the three that offer limited online voter registration,  and the five that passed legislation to create it but haven’t yet implemented it.
  • Native American Rights Fund has provided legal assistance to Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals nationwide who may have otherwise gone without adequate representation since 1971.
  • New Voices Pittsburgh is a is a grassroots Human Rights organization for women of color, led by women of color and about women of color.
  • Nonprofit Vote is a nonpartisan organization that engages nonprofits in voting and elections.
  • Overseas Vote Foundation is dedicated to helping overseas American citizens and uniformed services voters register faster, more easily and accurately than ever before.
  • Pennsylvanians for Modern Courts is a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to ensuring that all Pennsylvanians can come to our courts with confidence that they will be heard by qualified, fair and impartial judges. PMC functions as a court watchdog, identifying and speaking out on issues that impact the public’s confidence in our courts.
  • PennPIRG is a consumer group that stands up to powerful interests whenever they threaten our health and safety, our financial security or our right to fully participate in our democratic society.
  • Pennsylvania Working Families is a growing progressive political organization that fights for an economy that works for all of us, and a democracy in which every voice matters.
  • Pew Research is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping America and the world.
  • Political Activity Law is a blog that covers campaign finance, poll access and other issues.
  • Presidential Commission on Election Administration is tasked with identifying best practices in election administration and to make recommendations to improve the voting experience.
  • Progressive States Network engages and builds the capacity of state and national leaders to advance public policy solutions that uphold America’s promise to be a just and equitable democracy.
  • Project Vote is a nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to realizing the promise of American democracy. Our mission is to build an electorate that accurately represents the diversity of America’s citizenry, and to ensure that every eligible citizen can register, vote, and cast a ballot that counts.
  • Public Citizen is a nonpartisan nonprofit organization that works to ensure all citizens are represented in the halls of power.
  • Public Interest Research Group is a nonprofit that “bring(s) the voice of the public to the halls of power on behalf of consumers.
  • Put People First is a membership organization made up mostly of people who know from our life experience that poor and working people need to unite and have a voice.  
  • Rock the Vote has registered more than five million young people to vote and has become a trusted source of information for young people about registering to vote and casting a ballot.
  • SmartVoter.org provides nonpartisan information on elections and voting. Its goal is to offer a complete list of all contests on your ballot including local offices.
  • Sunlight Foundation is a nonprofit pushing for transparency in government and politics.
  • The Annenberg Public Policy Center of the University of Pennsylvania conducts and releases research, stages conferences and hosts discussions on various issues, including civics and politics.
  • The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is a 501(c)(4) organization that engages in legislative advocacy.  It was founded in 1950 and has coordinated national lobbying efforts on behalf of every major civil rights law since 1957.
  • The Voting Rights Initiative aims to contribute to a critical understanding of current opportunities for effective political participation on the part of the racial and language minorities the Voting Rights Act seeks to protect.
  • Urban League of Philadelphia is an affiliate of the National Urban League the nation’s oldest and largest community-based movement devoted to empowering African Americans to enter the economic and social mainstream.
  • UC Irvine School of Social Sciences sponsors research and education aimed at improving the democratic process in the United States and expanding democracy around the world.
  • University of Pittsburgh Institute on Politics is independent, community-supported nonprofit organization that “provides a neutral forum where that knowledge and associated diverse viewpoints are discussed, digested, enriched, and applied to the goal of promoting the quality of life and economic vitality of Western Pennsylvania.”
  • U.S. Election Assistance Commission is an independent, bipartisan commission charged with developing guidance to meet requirements, adopting voluntary voting system guidelines, and serving as a national clearinghouse of information on election administration. EAC also accredits testing laboratories and certifies voting systems, as well as audits.
  • U.S. Vote Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has spearheaded plans for end-to-end verified Internet voting.
  • Vote411.org is a website operated by The League of Women Voters and provides nonpartisan information, as well as tools, for voters.
  • Vote Allegheny is a volunteer group committed to ensuring Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, residents may participate in safe, reliable, accessible, recountable, voter-verifiable elections. Based on years of collective research, the group offers itself as a citizens’ advisory resource for documented information concerning voting machines and systems, dissemination of knowledge and presentation of seminars on voting and voting systems. It actively seeks to forestall any chance of voting fraud or disenfranchisement, and work toward fair and free elections for all.
  • Vote Law Blog is a publication that is “at the intersection of politics and law: redistricting, campaign finance, the right to vote, election law, and administration, and politicians in trouble.”
  • VotersEdge.org provides nonpartisan voter information for U.S. elections. The website includes voter guides, ballot measure info and more.
  • We the People is a nonprofit dedicated to equal rights and representation for all Americans, wherever you live. “We the People Project uses groundbreaking impact litigation and innovative grass roots organizing to overcome historic obstacles to change. The second-class status of Americans in the territories and DC violates our most basic democratic and constitutional principles.  Representation and the right to vote should not depend on where you live in the United States,” according to the site.
  • Why Tuesday?, is a non-partisan, nonprofit organization founded in 2005 to find solutions to increase voter turnout and participation in elections.
  • Women’s Voices Women Vote Action Fund is a nonprofit, nonpartisan 501 (c)(4) organization founded in 2005 and dedicated to increasing the voting participation and issue advocacy of unmarried women.
  • Women Vote PA is a is the non-partisan action arm of the Women’s Law Project that centers on women’s rights, including access to the polls.

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