According to the Brennan Center for Justice: “Automatic voter registration (AVR) is an innovative policy that streamlines the way Americans register to vote. AVR makes two simple, yet transformative, changes to the way our country has traditionally registered voters. First, AVR makes voter registration “opt-out” instead of “opt-in”—eligible citizens who interact with government agencies are registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated, unless they affirmatively decline. Again, the voter can opt-out; it is not compulsory registration. Second, those agencies transfer voter registration information electronically to election officials instead of using paper registration forms. These common-sense reforms increase registration rates, clean up the voter rolls, and save states money.”
Now that the midterm elections are over, Democrats are looking to introduce a new bill that would establish automatic voter registration. This is a great step in the right direction.
Automatic voter registration could not only increase the number of people registering but it could keep voter rolls more accurate with a constant stream of updates between registration agencies and election officials.
In a time when many states have enacted restrictive voting laws and voter turnout has hit record lows, AVR is needed more than ever. Sign the petition now to tell Congress that you support Automatic Voter Registration.