Large-Scale, Structural Voter Registration Reform
We're all fired up for the blue wave! There's just one hitch. The 2018 election is at more risk
of cheating (via gerrymandering, voter suppression and election fraud) than any in our history.
Instead of registering single voters this year, consider spending time working on structural voting reforms that could register hundreds of thousands of voters, keep them registered, and permanently impact our voting practices going forward. These recommendations were chosen using three criteria: they have a path to victory; they're biggest-bang-for-the-buck levers that have the potential to lift the most votes; and they involve easy, accessible work that average activists can do effectively.
HELP YOUR STATE ENACT AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION.
Automatic Voter Registration may be the single most powerful thing we all can do
fight voter suppression. It could register 50 million eligible voters nationwide.
Creating truly accurate rolls has the potential to END the partisan ping pong over
voter suppression and fraud. If your state is close, this law deserves everything you can give it.
HELP YOUR STATE ELECT PRO-VOTING SECRETARIES OF STATE.
Secretaries of State run election, so they have an enormous power to impact whether they're fair or not.
CrossCheck throws WAY too many people off the rolls. It needs to be ended. Help kneecap it in Kansas, and, if your state's in CrossCheck, to end it in your state by making it an election issue in 2018.
HELP 1.6 MILLION FLORIDIANS REGAIN THEIR VOTING RIGHTS.
6.1 people can't vote nationwide, due to a felony conviction. Almost half of those who've been stripped, post-release, live in Florida. A full 14% of Florida's adult citizens can't vote. But a real, really strong effort is being made, THIS YEAR, to restore their voting rights and EVERYONE should be supporting it.
LEARN ABOUT, AND WORK ON, ELECTION SECURITY.
The Secure Our Vote Coalition is a terrific place to learn about Election Security and how to defend it.
1. Work to Enact Automatic Voter Registration
HELPING YOUR STATE ENACT AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION
MAY BE THE SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO.
Automatic Voter Registration creates what we ALL want: ALL eligible citizens on the rolls, and ONLY eligible citizens on the rolls. It's gaining steam because it saves money, secures the rolls, and has the potential to enfranchise 50 million eligible voters nationwide.
2. Help Elect Pro-Voting, Pro-AVR Secretaries of State
THE TOP ROW ARE ESPECIALLY CRITICAL.
led a national voter protection effort and a focused, non-partisan one in Michigan. She's demonstrated her commitment to making sure that all eligible voters have access to the ballot.
is a software engineer who worked for Google Earth and Uber. He teaches at University of Kansas. His skills are what we need to protect voting access, and bring it into the 21st century.
Nelson Araujo is committed to modernizing the secretary of state’s office to expand the franchise, secure elections, and make voting more convenient.
demonstrated a commitment to protecting voters person by person in Colorado during the 2012 elections.
3. Help Restore Voting Rights for Returning Citizens
1.6 MILLION FLORIDIANS CAN'T VOTE DUE TO A FELONY CONVICTION.
THAT'S 14% OF ITS ENTIRE ADULT POPULATION.
Florida's in a class by itself for a couple of reasons. First, while 23 states disenfranchise >5% of their population, and six disenfranchise >7.5% (Mississippi, at 9.8%, is the highest)—Florida disenfranchises 14% of its entire adult population. Florida is also one of only three states (the others are Kentucky and Iowa) that permanently disenfranchise returning citizens with felony convictions unless a pardon is applied for and won.
RIGHTS RESTORATION "BIGGEST BANG FOR THE BUCK":
SUPPORT THE FLORIDA RIGHTS RESTORATION COALITION
The Florida Rights Restoration Coalition collected over 1M signatures to get rights restoration on the 2018 ballot. It will be referendum question 4.
We've got three ways you can help pass it: donating; phone banking to raise awareness among Floridians, and helping to register Florida voters.
Please let us know how to contact you if you're willing to work to help register voters ... submit your email below and we'll be in touch.
4. Help #EndCrossCheck (and help promote ERIC)
1. JOIN #ENDCROSSCHECK
This is an effort sponsored by Indivisible Chicago, which is working to pull Illinois out of CrossCheck.
2. HELP DEFEAT KRIS KOBACH FOR KS GOVERNOR
Kris Kobach invented CrossCheck as Kansas' Secretary of State, and now he's running for governor. Since Kansas taxpayers fund the entire CrossCheck program, electing an pro-voting opponent, either Republican or Democrat, offers a chance to kneecap CrossCheck altogether.