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National laws and policies often affect the challenges faced or opportunities created in your community. The following laws and policies about civic participation may inspire insight, understanding or change through community activism.


Federal Elections Commission
Information by the Federal Elections Commission on elections and voting.


Help America Vote Act of 2002
Establishes a program to provide funds to States to replace punch card voting systems, and other requirements.


Introduction To Federal Voting Rights Laws
This feature provides an introduction to federal voting rights law by the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division Voting Section.


Motor Voter - National Voter Registration Act
Works by reducing necessary and burdensome bureaucratic obstacles to voter registration. The law requires states to provide uniform registration services through drivers' license agencies, public assistance disability agencies and through mail-in registration.


The Constitution of the United States
By the National Archives, lists all amendments including those related to voting (XV, XIX, XXIV, XXVI)


The Electoral College
The Office of the Federal Register assembled a variety of information and statistics on presidential elections, past and present as well as frequently asked questions about the Electoral College.


Voting Rights Act of 1965
This is the principal law protecting the voting rights of racial and ethnic minorities.

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