WHAT IS THE VOTER PROTECTION PROGRAM?
The Voter Protection Program (VPP) is organized and operated as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission to ensure safe, fair, and secure elections. The VPP advances nonpartisan strategies and recommendations to protect the vote and make sure every vote is counted, with a specific focus on the unique tools available to state attorneys general, governors, secretaries of state, and law enforcement officials. The Voter Protection Program includes experienced litigators who have worked in state and federal government in both Republican and Democratic administrations, national experts on voting rights and election protection, communications professionals with expertise advising state officials, and a bipartisan Advisory Board of former governors, attorneys general, and leaders in local, state, and federal law enforcement.
WHAT ARE WE DOING TO PROTECT THE VOTE?
State officials such as governors, state attorneys general, and secretaries of state play a critical role in ensuring free and fair elections. As the top lawyer and law enforcement officer for the state, an attorney general can use an array of legal, communications, and other tools to fight voter suppression and misinformation and to protect the integrity of our elections. To help protect the integrity of every election the VPP is a “think-and-do tank” designed to make sure voters know that there are state leaders out there who have their backs. There is a lot happening right now and it’s confusing for just about everyone—we seek to conduct nonpartisan research, provide nonpartisan analysis, and help a wide array of audiences understand the rules of the road for voting and ensuring every eligible vote is counted. To that end, the VPP consists of three major components…
- Legal: The VPP’s legal work includes publishing nonpartisan research, expert views, and analysis to encourage and support efforts by attorneys general and other state officials to protect the integrity of every election. In 2020, state attorneys general successfully sued to stop changes to the U.S. Postal Service, defended expanded voting laws, prosecuted robocallers spreading misinformation, issued legal advisories about voter intimidation, and much more. State attorneys general also represent the people of their states – as well as governors and secretaries of state – and play a critical role in the courts when there are attempts to interfere with access to the ballot box or the results of the election. VPP seeks to expand voting rights by supporting pro-democracy measures from state leaders who oversee our elections and protect access to the ballot box.
- Law enforcement outreach: Working in coordination with an experienced team of law enforcement leaders on our Bipartisan Advisory Board, the VPP conducts outreach and provides research and guidance to law enforcement officials across the country to advance their critical work to ensure that every American has safe access to the polls, to protect the safety, security, and integrity of our elections, and to counter domestic violence extremism. VPP engages with state attorneys general, police chiefs, sheriffs, state police leaders, and others in federal, state, and local law enforcement to respond to the unprecedented security threats we face as a country.
- Communications: VPP’s communications team helps to translate nuanced legal and policy battles into easily understood messages and amplify pro-democracy voices. VPP also highlights the work of state leaders in support of voting rights and election integrity through traditional and digital media.