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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.

Sincerely,

Petition Signatures


Jan 15, 2018 Lynn Gaudette
Jan 15, 2018 elizabeth myrib shore
Jan 15, 2018 Kathy Smith
Jan 14, 2018 Gregory Brooks
Jan 14, 2018 Jim Sheridan
Jan 13, 2018 Dorothy Henry
Jan 13, 2018 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Jan 12, 2018 Eric Dallin
Jan 12, 2018 Mr and Mrs Richard N. Huff
Jan 12, 2018 Ewelina Mardyla
Jan 11, 2018 Peter Kahigian
Jan 11, 2018 Jen Valentino
Jan 11, 2018 Jan Amann
Jan 11, 2018 Dana Wilson
Jan 11, 2018 Amy Hile
Jan 11, 2018 Aleasa Crary
Jan 11, 2018 Norm Wakerley
Jan 11, 2018 Alicia Guevara
Jan 11, 2018 Hannah Thandi Trump and his Trumpublicans do not care about public service, middle/working class people, minorities, animals, the environment or the Constitution, maybe you will.
Jan 11, 2018 Lori Buckler
Jan 11, 2018 António Benigno
Jan 11, 2018 kyriaki paschali
Jan 11, 2018 P D
Jan 11, 2018 D P
Jan 11, 2018 Janice Matthews
Jan 11, 2018 Jodi Ford
Jan 10, 2018 Zoe Spiropoulou
Jan 10, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 10, 2018 Linda Pappert
Jan 10, 2018 sarah stevens
Jan 10, 2018 Samantha Mostek
Jan 10, 2018 Cynthia Dudley
Jan 10, 2018 Sheila Tran
Jan 10, 2018 Valerie Philebaum Smith
Jan 10, 2018 Tom Rarey
Jan 10, 2018 Iris Gretano
Jan 10, 2018 Christiane Santos
Jan 10, 2018 Sally Coy stop surpressing the right to vote!
Jan 10, 2018 Diane Pease
Jan 10, 2018 Luisa Appleman
Jan 10, 2018 Leslie Cirigliano
Jan 10, 2018 Alicia Orr
Jan 10, 2018 MARJORIE MOGULESCU
Jan 10, 2018 Lanelle Lovelace
Jan 10, 2018 Kate Harder
Jan 10, 2018 April Eversole
Jan 10, 2018 Cynthia Ballard
Jan 10, 2018 Rosemarie Whitford
Jan 10, 2018 Joan Hoefer
Jan 10, 2018 William Weaver

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