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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

Sep 21, 2017 Richard Han
Sep 21, 2017 Linda Marie Liberti
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Sep 20, 2017 Leilani Swafford
Sep 20, 2017 Kate Harder
Sep 16, 2017 Linda Stanfill
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Sep 14, 2017 Martha Eberle
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Sep 11, 2017 Diana Talbott Intentionally blocking American citizen's from their right to vote is un-American and un-Constitutional!
Sep 10, 2017 Julie Matewicz
Sep 8, 2017 raphael balboni
Sep 7, 2017 Jessica McGuire
Sep 5, 2017 Christiane Santos
Sep 5, 2017 Robin Morton
Sep 5, 2017 Harriett Clementson
Sep 4, 2017 Naomi Martin
Sep 3, 2017 Tammy Benard
Sep 2, 2017 Melissa Sigman
Sep 2, 2017 Susan Beam-Gilleland
Sep 2, 2017 Dita Škalič
Sep 2, 2017 Marcus Payne
Aug 31, 2017 Jeff Wilson
Aug 31, 2017 Christine Stalter
Aug 31, 2017 sherri kalman
Aug 30, 2017 Patrick Tung
Aug 30, 2017 Anna O'Bradovich
Aug 30, 2017 Michele Henley
Aug 29, 2017 April Smith
Aug 29, 2017 Donna Jay
Aug 29, 2017 Goldie Antelman
Aug 29, 2017 Brandi McCauley
Aug 28, 2017 Rachel Rakaczky
Aug 28, 2017 Ann Nicholas
Aug 28, 2017 susan leber
Aug 28, 2017 Martha Walsh
Aug 28, 2017 Jessica Calosci
Aug 28, 2017 Jean Ehrman
Aug 28, 2017 Ariel Olsher
Aug 28, 2017 Justina Gruling
Aug 27, 2017 Ashleigh Heath
Aug 27, 2017 debbera blackwell
Aug 27, 2017 Jim McElroy
Aug 26, 2017 Maryellen REDISH
Aug 26, 2017 Janice Singer
Aug 26, 2017 Wendy Shuman
Aug 26, 2017 Linda Besher

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