Make the voter registration process convenient, fair, and secure for all eligible Americans – including automatic voter registration.
The problem: Voter registration systems in many states are outdated — and many otherwise eligible Americans do not show up to vote because they never got registered.
Imagine if we could add 50 million eligible Americans to the voter rolls — while making our elections more secure and saving states money at the same time.
One common sense and groundbreaking reform would make a big difference: Automatic voter registration.
By automatically registering eligible citizens to vote when they interact with the DMV or other government agencies, we can dramatically improve the security and accessibility of our elections.
Automatic voter registration is a common sense choice for modernizing and securing our voter registration process. We can:
- Ensure that all eligible citizens are able to cast ballots;
- Increase security of voter rolls by making registration automatic for eligible citizens who do other official business with the state, because all of the information needed to register is available. People can also choose to opt-out if they want;
- Ensure that eligible voters who find it challenging to register to vote can still participate in our democracy.
It’s a common sense update to our registration process that will help us keep up with technology and protect the integrity of our elections.
Already, 14 states have passed this innovative, common sense reform, often with bipartisan support — and seen a significant increase in voter participation as a result. Oregon and California, two of the initial states to adopt automatic voter registration, have seen immediate results: hundreds of thousands of eligible voters have been automatically registered to vote there.
It’s time to take this simple, groundbreaking solution nationwide.
Restore the Voting Rights Act to prevent states and localities from passing discriminatory voting laws.
The problem: Without strict protections against laws that unfairly disenfranchise eligible citizens, some state legislatures are erecting new barriers to the right to vote. A few years ago, the Supreme Court struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act but left it up to Congress to update and strengthen the law.
Generations of Americans fought and died for our right to vote, the freedom to choose our leaders, and the right to speak up for our beliefs.
Now, that right is under attack like it hasn’t been for decades.
In the 2013 Shelby County v. Holder decision, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down key parts of the Voting Rights Act. Since then, some state lawmakers have used the weakened state of the law to pass voting laws that discriminate against communities of color. At least 20 states have passed new voting restrictions — from cuts to early voting, to overbroad voter ID requirements, to rolling back strong reforms.
Restricting a person’s vote is taking away their freedom. We must ensure that every eligible citizen has the freedom to vote and that their vote will be accurately counted.
Congress must now use its legislative power to remedy the Supreme Court’s decision and pass a new, updated Voting Rights Act that protects every eligible American’s right to vote.
Allow voters to register to vote on Election Day at their polling place.
The problem: Unduly long registration deadlines, voter purges, and bureaucratic mixups prevent many otherwise eligible voters from casting their ballots every election.
Imagine showing up to the polls on Election Day, only to be turned away because your registration information was entered inaccurately, or you’ve been removed from the voter rolls without your knowledge.
That happens to thousands of voters every year — and there’s a simple, common-sense solution: letting voters register or update their registration at their polling places when they vote.
Modernizing voting systems to secure registration and encourage participation by every eligible American makes sense and saves taxpayers money.
In recent years, several states have instituted voter purging processes that have wrongly kicked thousands of eligible voters off the voting rolls. Unfortunately, a 5-4 majority on the U.S. Supreme Court upheld these types of purges in the 2018 Husted v. A. Philip Randolph Institute decision.
Election Day registration would fix this, letting eligible citizens register to vote and cast their ballot on the same day. Seventeen states and the District of Columbia already have some form of same-day registration and have proven that the reform works and increases access to the ballot box.
The costs to allow Election Day registration would be minimal — and they would pay off in increased security and accessibility for our elections. We should bring Election Day Registration to all 50 states and ensure every eligible voter can be heard.
Safeguard elections from cyberattack by requiring paper ballots for all votes and risk limiting post-election audits.
The problem: We have not adequately invested to improve the resilience of our election systems by replacing unverifiable voting machines, improving cybersecurity of election officials’ systems, and promoting audit methods that can confirm outcomes.
The integrity of our voting system is important for all of us. It’s one of the foundational principles of our democracy — our votes should count, and our elections should be fair.
But our election infrastructure remains vulnerable. Outdated voting systems must be replaced. Voters must be able to mark paper ballots which they can verify — and which can serve as a backup. Election results must be audited to establish high confidence that the outcome is correct. Our democracy depends on it.
We deserve to be confident that our election results are accurate and protected from sophisticated cyber attacks. We must ensure the fairness, accuracy, and security that befits the greatest democracy in the world.
The most effective solutions are simple and common sense: paper ballots in every state, an audit of these ballots to confirm election results, paper back-ups of our voter registration databases, and improved cybersecurity resources for local election officials.
Protecting our democracy is not a partisan issue — when a foreign government or a foreign entity tries to influence our elections, it weakens all of our votes and voices. The American people deserve answers and real solutions to secure our elections moving forward.