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The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates in all the developed countries on the planet [1]. Voting is our constitutional right and our civic duty, but the current voting situation in the United States requires potential voters to "opt in" to rather than "opt out" of voting [2]. That means people in many states have to put in extra work and complete extra steps—usually paper applications which are then manually entered into a database—in order to receive the right to vote they should possess by default as American citizens [3].

The current voter registration system also poses a significant issue for many voters on election day and has the potential to cause inaccuracies in vote counts. Almost two million deceased people are registered voters, and 2.75 million people are registered in two or more states. One out of every eight registrations in the United States is either invalid or inaccurate due to human error. In 2008, an estimated 2.2 million people were unable to vote due to a problem with their registration or a deleted registration, while an additional 5.7 million had to resolve an issue before voting [3].

An automatic voter registration program, in which voters who give their information to certain government agencies would be automatically registered to vote, could fix many of these issues. Citizens could vote online, update their personal information at the polls, and remain permanently registered until they either pass away or move out of their state. The system would be less expensive and less prone to error and voter fraud [2]. As a result of its ease of use, the program would also encourage more people to vote [4].

Prior to 2015, there were no states that automatically registered qualified voters [5]. Now eight states and the District of Columbia have enacted automatic voter registration systems so that eligible citizens are registered to vote unless they opt out. Dozens of other states are working on passing similar bills [6].

Voting should be one of the simplest things Americans take part in, regardless of how difficult the choices on the ballot may be. Sign the petition to demand that the Department of Justice adopt a nationwide automatic voter registration system to enable Americans to do their civic duty hassle-free.

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Dear United States Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Voting Section,

The citizens of the United States of America have a right and a duty to vote. Therefore, you should make it your business to make voting as simple and fair a process as possible.

An automatic voter registration program would make registering to vote easier for qualified voters and would eliminate some of the inefficiencies and injustices of the current system. Some states have already realized this, but it’s time to get the rest of the country on board.

We urge you to adopt a nationwide automatic voter registration system so that American citizens can do our civic duty without first wading through all the red tape.


Petition Signatures

Jan 14, 2018 Colleen Ricketts
Jan 14, 2018 Sue Ellen Lupien
Jan 14, 2018 Cindy Massey
Jan 10, 2018 Marge Ferrance
Jan 7, 2018 Jim Sheridan
Jan 6, 2018 Docken Polk
Jan 1, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Dec 28, 2017 julie wiebe
Dec 28, 2017 Emma Spurgin Hussey
Dec 28, 2017 Anna Rincon
Dec 28, 2017 jane cook
Dec 28, 2017 natalie hughes
Dec 28, 2017 George Anderson
Dec 27, 2017 Brianna Onken
Dec 24, 2017 bill wiebe
Dec 23, 2017 Kimberly Wiley
Dec 23, 2017 Karl Zimmerman
Dec 22, 2017 Pat Matteson
Dec 18, 2017 Jennifer Blackburn
Dec 17, 2017 Jennifer R
Dec 17, 2017 Melynda Quinn
Dec 17, 2017 Maro Aroutiunian
Dec 17, 2017 terry yanessa This should help keep noncitizens and nonqualified people from voting.
Dec 17, 2017 Caren Shiloh This is a no-brainer! ALL AMERICANS MUST BE ABLE TO VOTE!!!
Dec 17, 2017 Andrey Yushchenko
Dec 16, 2017 Kathy Glatz
Dec 16, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 Stacey Govito
Dec 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 12, 2017 Tamara Weatherly
Dec 12, 2017 Lisa Klein
Dec 11, 2017 Kathleen Keske
Dec 11, 2017 Julie Martin
Dec 11, 2017 Paulette Zimmerman
Dec 11, 2017 Debbie Smith
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 11, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
Dec 10, 2017 Denise Griffin
Dec 10, 2017 George Lutz
Dec 10, 2017 Irene Lutz
Dec 10, 2017 KAY M
Dec 10, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 10, 2017 Barbara Snyder
Dec 10, 2017 Michael Henderson
Dec 10, 2017 Dina Martins
Dec 9, 2017 hilary tulloch
Dec 9, 2017 D L Fleetwood
Dec 9, 2017 Aaron Beltrame
Dec 9, 2017 Paula Lewis
Dec 9, 2017 Andrew Green

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