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HUD Pushes Voter Registration Drives in Public Housing Under Biden’s Executive Order


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Heritage Foundation

he U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will engage in voter registration efforts that in some cases allow mass collection of voter registration forms by public housing officials, raising concerns about the potential for voter fraud among other legal issues. 

HUD’s voter registration drive comes as part of the “all-of-government” approach described in an executive order from President Joe Biden.

HUD sent guidance to executive directors of more than 3,000 public housing authorities managing about 1.2 million housing units, providing advice on “running a PHAinitiated voter registration drive.” 

In government parlance, PHA stands for public housing agency.


Federal housing officials also advised the local agencies on how to apply to become a “voter registration agency under the National Voter Registration Act,” and how to set up drop boxes for ballots on the premises.  

The guidance from HUD to local public housing agencies marks the first time in over 25 years that the federal government affirmed that local agencies receiving federal tax dollars may get involved in voter registration, according to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a nonprofit public housing advocacy group.:snip:

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