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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

Jul 16, 2018 Ari Schwartz
Jul 16, 2018 Linda Haines
Jul 14, 2018 Candi Gaona
Jul 13, 2018 OLGA COTTO
Jul 10, 2018 Barbara Vinson
Jul 10, 2018 Becky Kosher
Jul 10, 2018 Beau Ryba
Jul 7, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jul 6, 2018 Patti Mealy
Jul 6, 2018 Fran Fulwiler
Jul 1, 2018 ALYSA WARING
Jun 28, 2018 david & martha fay
Jun 16, 2018 Nicholas Zecher
Jun 9, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 7, 2018 Richard Bosboom
Jun 3, 2018 Karen Stout
Jun 3, 2018 Beveryn Swaim
Jun 2, 2018 Melinda Matheus
Jun 2, 2018 Reid Larimore
Jun 2, 2018 Carrie Phyliky Rimes
Jun 2, 2018 Wanda Anthony
May 27, 2018 Sharman von Dallwitz
May 23, 2018 Aliyah Khan
May 21, 2018 Sophie Miranda
May 20, 2018 Louisa Gauerke
May 20, 2018 alan harper
May 19, 2018 Susan Palmer
May 15, 2018 Michelle Haag
May 14, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 14, 2018 Anne Havard
May 14, 2018 maureen wheeler
May 14, 2018 Andrea Bertram
May 5, 2018 Julie du Bois
May 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 4, 2018 Pamela deRoy
May 4, 2018 suzanne caruso
May 4, 2018 Lynne Minore
May 4, 2018 Dan and Paula Fogarty
May 4, 2018 Henry Mobley
May 4, 2018 Carol Doud
May 4, 2018 Edward Jepson
May 3, 2018 Natalie Bieniarz
May 2, 2018 Eve Klien I just want you to do anything that will help citizens of the USA to vote, and ANYTHING AT ALL that will keep the damned illegals from voting.
Apr 26, 2018 Gil Hackel
Apr 25, 2018 Alice Berliner
Apr 17, 2018 Carola Roy
Apr 13, 2018 V. Yates
Apr 12, 2018 Arianne Hartsell-Gundy

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