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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 one of the only resources we have for making much-needed changes in our country, 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 exercise their rights as citizens without complication and hassle.

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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 to vote and make their voices heard. 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 have their say in the future of our country without first wading through all the red tape.


Petition Signatures

Aug 15, 2018 Rachel Brennan
Aug 15, 2018 Jack Slone They would have to prove that they are U.S. Citizens
Aug 15, 2018 Irene Misconi
Aug 14, 2018 Amber Whittenberg
Aug 14, 2018 Michelle Angelini
Aug 14, 2018 Terry Glauser
Aug 14, 2018 Julie Woodman
Aug 14, 2018 Nancy Dorfman
Aug 14, 2018 paul dormer
Aug 13, 2018 Inez shavers
Aug 13, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 13, 2018 Abbie Russo
Aug 13, 2018 Christine Nicholson
Aug 13, 2018 John Enblom
Aug 13, 2018 Katherine Babiak
Aug 13, 2018 Katherine Whitson
Aug 13, 2018 Emily Bovee
Aug 13, 2018 Marie-laurence Yans
Aug 13, 2018 Aleksandra Szymańska
Aug 12, 2018 Lucretia Garfield
Aug 12, 2018 Kathie B
Aug 12, 2018 Shari Goss
Aug 12, 2018 Ronda Piche Thank you for making it easier to vote. Every citizen has right to vote and this will help many people.
Aug 12, 2018 steve wittig
Aug 12, 2018 Helen Greer
Aug 12, 2018 Jessie Osborne
Aug 12, 2018 James Huffman
Aug 12, 2018 Cindy Terrell
Aug 12, 2018 Ann Rumrill
Aug 12, 2018 Kenya King
Aug 12, 2018 Leigh Castellon
Aug 12, 2018 Walter Hoelbling
Aug 12, 2018 PAM WALLACE
Aug 11, 2018 Jacqueline Valle
Aug 11, 2018 Rebecca Wright-Hyde
Aug 11, 2018 Matthew Sabatino
Aug 11, 2018 Laura Kahn
Aug 11, 2018 Don Merrell
Aug 11, 2018 Mary Royer
Aug 11, 2018 Barb Kuntz
Aug 11, 2018 Jennifer R
Aug 11, 2018 Christopher Clark
Aug 11, 2018 Jean Ehrman
Aug 11, 2018 Marilia Calafiori
Aug 11, 2018 T Iverson
Aug 11, 2018 Deirdre Gately
Aug 11, 2018 Lesley Schultz
Aug 11, 2018 Sandy Staples Before you can make voter registration automatic, you need to provide protection from using the voter lists to target minorities and persons of special interests. You would be giving Mr. Trump one more way to target non white individuals and new citizens.
Aug 11, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Aug 11, 2018 Joseph Tanke Any and all who are eligible should have the ability to vote regardless of how or whom they vote for.

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