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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


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
Feb 20, 2018 Louise Blume
Feb 20, 2018 Cynthia Arneson
Feb 19, 2018 Kim Gabel
Feb 19, 2018 Peg Cancienne
Feb 19, 2018 Karen Mueller
Feb 19, 2018 Ann Felicetti
Feb 19, 2018 Dana Wilson
Feb 19, 2018 Erica Brinker
Feb 19, 2018 Eva Avrampou
Feb 19, 2018 Melissa Odom
Feb 19, 2018 Kellen Livingston
Feb 18, 2018 Patricia Jacobs
Feb 18, 2018 Diane Berliner
Feb 18, 2018 Stacy Harris
Feb 18, 2018 KAREN KRIEGER
Feb 18, 2018 Sharon Frank
Feb 18, 2018 Jocelin Newhouse
Feb 18, 2018 Lloyd Pieratt
Feb 18, 2018 Jessica Barlow
Feb 17, 2018 Amy Mozzocchi
Feb 17, 2018 Cheryl martin
Feb 17, 2018 Rina Drori
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Paula Lewis
Feb 17, 2018 Sheila Kelley
Feb 17, 2018 Kathy Mason
Feb 17, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 17, 2018 Virginia Bennett I support automatic voter registration, because it makes it easie to fulfil their voting duties. Most people today have ery complicated daily lives, & many simply don't have the time to stop off somewhere to register to vote.
Feb 17, 2018 Alicia Jackson
Feb 17, 2018 Christine Martin
Feb 17, 2018 Jennifer Rusak
Feb 16, 2018 Bunnie Laflin
Feb 16, 2018 Debbie Bolsky
Feb 16, 2018 Davor Maznik
Feb 16, 2018 Spencer Dean
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Jill Madden
Feb 16, 2018 Jay Braun
Feb 16, 2018 Christy Matherne
Feb 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 16, 2018 Sara Valade

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