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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

Nov 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 14, 2017 Karen and Will Lozow Cleary
Nov 12, 2017 Lois Freeman
Nov 8, 2017 Beah Robinson
Nov 6, 2017 John Moszyk
Nov 6, 2017 Tonya Green
Nov 6, 2017 Judi Putnam
Nov 5, 2017 William Beasley
Nov 5, 2017 TUSHAR SEN
Nov 5, 2017 Carla Lamarr
Nov 5, 2017 Dennis Kreiner
Nov 5, 2017 Vivian Bartlett
Nov 5, 2017 Dat Tran
Nov 5, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 5, 2017 thomas sullivan
Nov 5, 2017 donna selquist
Nov 5, 2017 Bianca Molgora
Nov 3, 2017 Esther Clayson
Oct 29, 2017 Cheryl Remington
Oct 26, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Oct 25, 2017 Kay Shelton
Oct 25, 2017 Amy Norton
Oct 24, 2017 Raymond Moore
Oct 20, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 20, 2017 Valjon Furr
Oct 18, 2017 Deborah Moore
Oct 13, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 11, 2017 Tara Verbridge
Oct 10, 2017 katharine odell
Oct 10, 2017 Joyce Doughty
Oct 10, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Oct 10, 2017 Pat Churchman
Oct 9, 2017 Catherine Webster
Oct 9, 2017 Cathy Peterson
Oct 9, 2017 Liz Pope
Oct 9, 2017 Kathryn DiGiorgio
Oct 9, 2017 Kae Novotny
Oct 9, 2017 Caroline Chesebrough
Oct 8, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 8, 2017 Marsha Kimball
Oct 8, 2017 Marilyn Williams
Oct 8, 2017 Ann Erbacher Grey
Oct 8, 2017 Neville Bruce
Oct 8, 2017 GEOrgia and wayne gillespie
Oct 8, 2017 mary lehman Voting rights = American democracy
Oct 7, 2017 Julia Saba Voting is the backbone of democracy.
Oct 5, 2017 Antoinette Soderholm
Oct 4, 2017 Kelsey Thomas
Oct 1, 2017 melisa ysufova

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