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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

Sep 22, 2017 Jeannie Dixon
Sep 22, 2017 Cheri Moore
Sep 22, 2017 (Name not displayed) WAY past time for this...if you want HONEST elections this is a MUST DO !!!
Sep 22, 2017 bonni fox National Voter ID - Citizens Only
Sep 22, 2017 Monique Lowther
Sep 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 15, 2017 Jarrett Holst
Sep 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 13, 2017 Miriam Amari
Sep 13, 2017 Jessica Mattox
Sep 10, 2017 Luis Chelotti
Sep 10, 2017 Julie Matewicz
Sep 8, 2017 Virginia Hildebrand
Sep 8, 2017 Donna Noonan
Sep 8, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 7, 2017 jane cook
Sep 7, 2017 natalie hughes
Sep 7, 2017 George Anderson
Sep 7, 2017 Marcus Payne
Sep 6, 2017 Gillian Shults
Sep 5, 2017 Nancy Wein
Sep 5, 2017 Daniel Baldwin
Sep 4, 2017 jeff hopkins
Sep 4, 2017 James Deschene
Sep 4, 2017 Lacey Faulkner
Sep 4, 2017 Naomi Martin
Sep 3, 2017 Anita Schneidmiller
Aug 30, 2017 Donna Jay
Aug 30, 2017 Michele Henley
Aug 29, 2017 Anthony Graziosa
Aug 28, 2017 Nancy Lowell
Aug 28, 2017 Aurelie Ward
Aug 28, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 28, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Aug 27, 2017 Ofelia Lam
Aug 27, 2017 Devon Kerbow
Aug 27, 2017 Pamela Perry
Aug 27, 2017 Deni Gereighty Every citizen must be eligible to vote and have a paper ballot for trail to recount. WA state all ballots by mail works great! With provision for folks not at home during election, like hospital or college. Mail ballots rock!
Aug 27, 2017 choky alvarez
Aug 27, 2017 Kimberly Morrill
Aug 27, 2017 Karen Stone
Aug 27, 2017 Carolyn Whiting
Aug 27, 2017 Cacilda Casartelli
Aug 27, 2017 Patricia Chambers
Aug 27, 2017 Larry Branson ABSOLUTELY A NO BRAINER.
Aug 27, 2017 Nicolette Cuoco
Aug 27, 2017 Lori Hernandez
Aug 27, 2017 Jennifer Reinert
Aug 27, 2017 Anthony Charles
Aug 26, 2017 Darren Frale

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