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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Apr 22, 2018 KATHLEEN TENNYSON
Apr 14, 2018 Beverly Stewart
Apr 14, 2018 george lewis
Apr 14, 2018 Beau Ryba
Apr 8, 2018 Gail Lefèvre It's called DEMOCRACY!
Apr 7, 2018 Lisa vasta
Apr 6, 2018 thomas friedman
Apr 6, 2018 Paul Silverstone We should aim to have everyone vote, making it difficult is unAmerican.
Apr 6, 2018 Deborah Boychuk Amen!!
Apr 2, 2018 Madison Daniels
Apr 1, 2018 Jen Fitzgerald
Mar 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 25, 2018 Sandra Bigart
Mar 25, 2018 Rebecca Lambert
Mar 24, 2018 Janie Anderson
Mar 20, 2018 Joel Quaintance
Mar 20, 2018 S. Lazer
Mar 15, 2018 Susan Hogarth
Mar 14, 2018 Lori Nightingale
Mar 13, 2018 Kathy Sutter
Mar 13, 2018 Robert New
Mar 12, 2018 Carola Roy
Mar 10, 2018 Patricia Urban more voters!!
Mar 8, 2018 Catherine Malin
Mar 8, 2018 Georgena Askew
Mar 8, 2018 sandra Urlaub
Mar 6, 2018 Sarah Williams
Mar 5, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Mar 4, 2018 Barb Benedict
Mar 3, 2018 DIANE FLETCHER
Feb 26, 2018 marlene Cardoso
Feb 26, 2018 Holly Bossingham
Feb 26, 2018 Michele Carella
Feb 26, 2018 Stephanie Poulin
Feb 26, 2018 Natasha Varner
Feb 25, 2018 Evangelina Delashmet
Feb 25, 2018 Ivy Slater
Feb 24, 2018 Chris Leverich
Feb 24, 2018 caro shu
Feb 24, 2018 Susan Kilgore
Feb 24, 2018 Dyan Gibson
Feb 23, 2018 Donna Rondolone
Feb 22, 2018 Tenaya Egbert
Feb 22, 2018 susan marah
Feb 22, 2018 Patricia Racklyeft
Feb 22, 2018 Claudia Miranda
Feb 22, 2018 Ana Alvarez
Feb 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 Lisa Hammermeister
Feb 20, 2018 Alexine Frank-Cooper Telling The US Department Of Justice To Enact A Nationwide Automatic Voter Registration System

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