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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 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 20, 2018 Eva Sandhammar
Mar 20, 2018 Lynn Terrill
Mar 19, 2018 Mary Lahovitch
Mar 19, 2018 c. martinez
Mar 19, 2018 Marija Kljuce
Mar 19, 2018 Maricel Briones
Mar 19, 2018 Cassandra Weldon-Faulkner Since we, the people, have the right to vote and have input into our government, the process by which we register for that right should be available and easy to complete.
Mar 19, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 19, 2018 Anna Bergalis Get rid of electoral college. Every vote needs to count.
Mar 19, 2018 Sherri Kalman
Mar 19, 2018 Cristina da Cruz
Mar 19, 2018 Claudia Wright
Mar 19, 2018 john sardone
Mar 19, 2018 Suzanne Affigne
Mar 19, 2018 Terri Mull You think all candidates want more votes
Mar 19, 2018 Candice C
Mar 19, 2018 Jennifer Falsetta
Mar 19, 2018 Justine Crawforth
Mar 19, 2018 KL Cole
Mar 19, 2018 Linda Riikonen
Mar 19, 2018 Patrick Cooley
Mar 19, 2018 Susan Pineda
Mar 19, 2018 Michele Osland
Mar 19, 2018 Jen Mitchell
Mar 19, 2018 Judith Hazelton
Mar 19, 2018 Claudia May
Mar 19, 2018 Nate Fronk
Mar 19, 2018 Carol And Barry Meehan
Mar 19, 2018 toni harmon
Mar 19, 2018 Belkys Rodriguez
Mar 19, 2018 Beth Caffrey
Mar 19, 2018 D Sifuentes
Mar 19, 2018 Linda Fleming
Mar 19, 2018 Patricia Daniels
Mar 19, 2018 lucianne lavin
Mar 19, 2018 Nadia Magistrelli
Mar 19, 2018 Patricia Petit
Mar 19, 2018 Marilyn Williams
Mar 19, 2018 Danielle Miele
Mar 19, 2018 Gerard Guenther
Mar 19, 2018 inge nespolon
Mar 19, 2018 Lynn Brown
Mar 19, 2018 margo molin
Mar 19, 2018 Irina Lamadrid
Mar 19, 2018 Eleanor Horneman
Mar 19, 2018 Genevieve Gates
Mar 19, 2018 susan foley

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