Automatic Voter Registration
The U.S. is the only big democracy in the world that puts
the burden of registering voters, and maintaining accuracy, on
citizens — and then blames them when the voter rolls are inaccurate.
But 16 states have adopted a solution that WORKS better for everyone.
A study by Pew estimated that 1 in 8 American voter registration records are inaccurate. The Registry of Voters can't easily check to ensure that the records of voters who move, or die, are removed. Automatic voter registration, by checking against more data, ensures that our registration systems will be secure, accurate and fair. And it registers far more eligible voters!
Why We Need It
THE CASE FOR AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION
This is a position paper by the Brennan Center on why Automatic Voter Registration makes so much sense. The Brennan Center, located at NYU Law School, is one of the best legal institutes in the country on voting. They keep a page on Automatic Voter Registration that's pretty up-to-date in terms of tracking initiatives state-by-state. Automatic Voter Registration, which could add 50 million voters to the rolls, is their signature proposal.
AVR in Two Minutes Flat:
How it Works for Voters
This video was produced by Common Cause MA.
Automatic Voter Registration:
Oregon's Impressive Results
INTERVIEW WITH JEANNE ATKINS, FORMER SEC'Y OF STATE OF OREGON
Oregon was the first state to adopt AVR. In this WBUR interview, Jeanne Atkins, the former Secretary of State of Oregon, talks about its extraordinary results there.
How Localities Can Begin to
Register Voters Automatically
WORKING WITH LOCAL AGENCIES TO ADOPT AVR
In states that haven't adopted AVR, activists can lobby local governmental
agencies to begin to do so. This isn't as hard as it seems, as all agencies
are required to harvest voter registration contact data. NYC registers voters at 25 city agencies.