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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

Mar 23, 2018 Howard Block
Mar 23, 2018 Canan Tzelil
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Judy Hart
Mar 22, 2018 Anna Weeks
Mar 22, 2018 lidia Bankosz
Mar 22, 2018 Karen Miller
Mar 22, 2018 Katarina Antunes
Mar 22, 2018 Kim Wick
Mar 22, 2018 Frances Garabedian
Mar 22, 2018 Esmeralda Fowler
Mar 22, 2018 R. Denis Cole
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 22, 2018 Jeffrey Wilson
Mar 22, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 carrielynn larson
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Brenda Dumont
Mar 21, 2018 jennifer smith
Mar 21, 2018 Gary Grice
Mar 21, 2018 Patricia Matteson
Mar 21, 2018 Pat Griffey
Mar 21, 2018 Michaela Rohr
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Althea Miner
Mar 21, 2018 Janis Ciofalo
Mar 21, 2018 Tatiana Medina
Mar 21, 2018 Lindsey Dakin
Mar 21, 2018 R. Schultz
Mar 21, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 21, 2018 Joan Autry Our constitution is CLEAR about voting rights. Any attempt to curtail them is ILLEGAL and should be stopped immediately! THIS IS VERY CRUCIAL TO A FUNCTIONAL DEMOCRACY!
Mar 21, 2018 Victoria Karcs
Mar 21, 2018 Beth Laurer
Mar 20, 2018 Raleigh koritz
Mar 20, 2018 Denise Griffin
Mar 20, 2018 Dorothy Savage
Mar 20, 2018 Carol Parsons
Mar 20, 2018 Cynthia Arneson
Mar 20, 2018 Mary Thomas
Mar 20, 2018 Kathleen Furness
Mar 20, 2018 Barbara Dincau
Mar 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 Kiera Russell
Mar 20, 2018 John Rybicki
Mar 20, 2018 Susan Ambler
Mar 20, 2018 Julia Mark
Mar 20, 2018 Judith Gray The whole of America needs to have automatic voter registration. A system which does not promote inequalities. Unfortunately, this country is sadly lacking in this area.
Mar 20, 2018 Judith Napier

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