Every voter has a voice, but too many Americans aren't using theirs -- or are being stopped from doing so. In fact, voter turnout in last year’s election was the lowest in 20 years -- only 55.4% of eligible voters made it to the polls.
We can do better -- by replacing our cumbersome, outdated voter registration process with Automatic Voter Registration (AVR).
Here’s how it works: Whenever an eligible voter does business with the state, at the DMV or some other public office, he or she is automatically registered to vote unless they opt out. The information is already there and the technology exists - there's absolutely no good reason not to make this simple change.
And it’s proven to work -- after adopting AVR, Oregon bucked the national low turnout trend, actually increasing eligible voter turnout by 3 full percentage points. Of the 225,000 who were automatically registered by Oregon’s DMV, nearly 100,000 showed up to vote.
Now, it’s time to bring this reform nationwide. That’s why it’s so important that Congress quickly work to pass the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 (S. 1353 & H.R. 2876), recently introduced. Our elected officials should be doing whatever they can to invite more people to participate in our democracy -- and this would be an important first step.
Bringing automatic voter registration nationwide would add more than 50 million eligible citizens to the voting rolls. And states wouldn’t need to waste taxpayer dollars maintaining out-of-date voter records that are prone to errors.
Tell your lawmakers to pass the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2017 today!
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