Automatic Voter Registration

automatic voter registration

“Voter registration should be the mutual responsibility of citizens and their government.  The government should not only facilitate registration; it should actively register adults who are eligible to vote as part of its responsibility to have accurate rolls. 100% voter registration should be the goal.  Moreover, universal voter registration has the potential to bring together conservatives who are concerned about fraudulent voter registrations and liberals who are concerned about anemic political participation.”

7 Ways to Universal Voter Registration

  • Use existing government databases to automatically register all citizens to vote.
  • Create a fail safe policy to ensure voters left off the rolls can register and vote on Election Day.
  • Set a uniform voter registration age of 16-years-old to systematically register youth. Tie this policy with a national “voting curriculum” in every high school.
  • Require U.S. citizens to register to vote when completing taxes or actively opt-out of the process.
  • Tie Post Office Change of Address forms to the voter registration database
  • Require state or local governments to send every residence a notice of those registered at that location. Residents may then make changes as needed and return the updated form.


Alaska’s republican senators endorse automatic voter registration initiative

Brennan Center – Expanding Democracy: Voter Registration Around the World

Brennan Center – Automatic Voter Registration Passes Vermont Legislature with Sweeping Bipartisan Support

Brennan Center – Nearly 1 in 5 Americans May Soon Live in a State with Automatic Voter Registration

Connecticut Unveils First-of-its-Kind Automatic Voter Registration Plan

ABC News – 3 Countries Where It’s Easier To Vote Than the United States

Fair Vote – Center for Voting and Democracy – Why Universal Registration?

CNN – Clinton calls out GOP opponents by name on voting rights

The Atlantic – Under a first of its kind law, Oregon will mail a ballot to any citizen with a driver’s license

The American Prospect – More Than a Dozen States Eye Automatic Voter Registration

Huffington Post – 2016’s “Missing Voters” Can Be Found With Automatic Voter Registration

MSNBC – Chris Christie vetoes bill to make voting easier

NY Times – Sides Dispute Basis of North Carolina Voting Laws as Trial Contesting Them Opens

Washington Post – Maryland Democrats propose automatic voter registration

Tennant says voter registration will improve in W.Va. thanks to bill signed by the governor

West Virginia Governor Signs Voter ID, Automatic Voter Registration Bill

MSNBC – One state surprises on automatic voter registration

Alabama state lawmakers propose automatic voter registration with driver’s license application

Vermont House approves automatic voter registration

The Atlantic – Automatic Voter Registration Comes to Vermont

The Atlantic – Voting Rights at the Crossroads

Think Progress – Connecticut To Automatically Register 400,000 Voters

DCist – D.C. Council Unanimously Passes Automatic Voter Registration Law


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