Policy Study

Where Theft Is Legal: Mapping Wage Theft Laws in the 50 States

This 50-state survey of states’ wage theft laws reveals the majority of state laws to be grossly inadequate, contributing to a rising trend in workplace violations that affects millions of people throughout the country. The growth of this and other forms of the “underground economy” also have a serious impact on state revenues, amounting to billions of dollars per year in tax and payroll fraud. Several states are acting to address these problems by strengthening their laws against unscrupulous employers.


PSN-VBM Project article for WV's Municipal League newsletter, regarding the all-mail pilot program

PSN wrote an article in conjunction with the Vote By Mail Project for WV's Municipal League newsletter, encouraging counties to participate in the newly-implemented all-mail elections pilot program.

PSN review of mail voting literature

In May 2011, PSN put together a summary of mail voting studies to date, synthesizing information on turnout, impact on various demographics, security and fraud.  Information pertains to no-excuse absentee voting, permanent absentee voting, and all-mail elections.

Democracy NC's overview of NC's youth pre-registration bill

NC passed HB 1230, a youth pre-registration bill, in 2009. This overview takes a comprehensive look at the benefits to civics education and involvement and explains how the new law will be implemented.

Pew Center on the States - "The Real Cost of Voter Registration"

This report from Pew Center on the states examines the unnecessary costs of voter registration due to an antiquated, paper-based system and suggests voter registration modernization as a way to cut costs and increase accuracy of the voter rolls.

IA State Association of County Auditors - "A Report on Photo ID for Voting Purposes"

The Iowa State Association of County Auditors released "A Report on Photo ID for Voting Purposes" in 2011, which details the cost of the laws in several states and outlines recommendations for implementation.

Enfranchising American Youth

In this paper, Project Vote reviews the voter registration and voting rates of 18- to 29-year-old citizens in recent elections and examines existing laws that hinder or facilitate participaiton by young, non-college attending voters.