15 Apr

Make Voter Registration Automatic in Your State Too

Make Voter Registration Automatic in Your State Too

Every election season, thousands of volunteers toil endless hours on a task that need not exist at all: registering voters.

Oregon and California and now West Virginia have made voter registration automatic. Your state is 100% capable of easily taking the same step.

Oregonian: Arrival of Automatic Voter Registration
Sacramento Bee
: Automatic Voter Registration Sought in California
The Nation: Oregon’s Radical Innovation: Make Democracy Easy
Thirty-Nine States Do Automatic Registration . . . for a Draft

Thirty-nine states have automatic registration for a military draft.

With automatic registration for voting — an opt-out option instead of “jump through hoops to register,” as required in many states — nobody is required to vote or even be registered. Rather, a government that already knows who we are through motor vehicle and other departments simply allows us to vote. (And the DMV in many states requires stricter proof of identity and citizenship than does traditional registration; and traditional registration remains available.)

As a result, more people vote and candidates have to win the votes of more people. Quite possibly more candidates gain traction.

It becomes easier to place initiatives on the ballot by gathering the signatures of registered voters.

Volunteers could set aside the endless work of voter registration and instead promote the policy positions they care about.

Click to send an email to your state legislators and governor letting them know you want voter registration to be automatic:

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GOAL: 75,000

CURRENT: 50,845

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