Update on Automatic, Same-Day Voters’ Registration
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From January 1, 2016, Oregon implemented the Motor Voter Act, a fully automatic (opt-out) voter registration system tied into the process of issuing driver licenses and ID cards. By April 2016 three more states – California, West Virginia, and Vermont – had followed suit, and in May 2016 Connecticut implemented it administratively rather than by legislation, bringing the number of states with automatic voter registration to five. Alaskan voters approved Measure 1 during the November 8, 2016, general election, allowing residents the ability to register to vote when applying annually for the state’s Permanent Dividend Fund. Voter approval of Measure 1 made Alaska the first state to implement automatic (opt-in) voter registration via ballot initiative and the sixth state to implement automatic registration by any means including passing legislation. Several more states have considered legislation for automatic registration. On August 28, 2017, Governor Bruce Rauner signed Illinois SB1933, which sets implementation of automatic voter registration at motor vehicle agencies for July 1, 2018, and a year later at other state agencies.
The following states and DC have implemented automatic voter registration as of April 12, 2018: Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Georgia, Illinois, New Jersey, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington, Maryland, West Virginia.
Few years ago, Florida’s deadline to register to vote was extended by one day after Hurricane Matthew. Fusion’s Alicia Menendez makes the case for same-day voter registration, below.
On May 18, 2016, the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU Law held the first ever national conference on automatic voter registration. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla offered opening remarks, followed by a panel discussion on the benefits of this groundbreaking voting reform, below:
Florida may not be one of the states with automatic voters registration, but it is one of the 38 states that has online registration. be sure to check out registertovoteflorida.gov/en/Registration/Eligibility
You may also be interested in these articles, below:
- Automatic Voter Registration and Modernization in the States
- Automatic Voter Registration
- Democrats Seek Automatic and Day-of Voter Registration
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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