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On Voter Registration Day, Let's Talk About Restoring Voting Rights

Rashad Robinson | Posted 09.28.2016 | Black Voices
Rashad Robinson

With the United States' voter registration rate among the lowest in the developed world, there's no doubt we need a National Voter Registration Day. But, if our country wants to work towards a goal of getting more Americans to vote, we also need a Voting Restoration Day.

The Faulty Logic Of Chris Christie's Automatic Voter Registration Veto

Wendy Weiser | Posted 08.19.2016 | Politics
Wendy Weiser

Yesterday Governor Chris Christie vetoed an automatic voter registration bill that would have put New Jersey at the vanguard of the national movement to modernize voter registration, facilitating access to voting for nearly half a million eligible but unregistered New Jersey citizens.

Interview With Connecticut Secretary Of State And Convention Delegate Denise Merrill

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.26.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

I conducted the following interview yesterday, before the convention actually started. Denise Merrill is a Connecticut delegate (although not, as she pointed out to me, a superdelegate) and serves Connecticut as their Secretary of State. A recent achievement was the state becoming the first to pass a campaign finance reform law which created a public financing system for elections -- all the other states with such laws created them through ballot initiatives or referenda.

This Bill Could Automatically Register 50 Million People To Vote

The Huffington Post | Jacquie Lee | Posted 07.19.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― A bill introduced this week in Congress could automatically make as many as 50 million people eligible to join the electorate. Democrat...

Friday Talking Points -- Lucifer or a Joe McCarthy-Dracula Love Child?

Chris Weigant | Posted 04.29.2016 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Boy, it isn't every day you get to write a headline like that! But those are the kinds of feelings Ted Cruz seems to bring out in everyone -- left, right, and center.

Republicans (Yes, Really!) Made Registering To Vote Easier

The Huffington Post | Samantha Lachman | Posted 04.14.2016 | Politics

Republicans in West Virginia did an uncharacteristic thing last month: They made registering to vote easier, rather than more difficult. Gov. Earl Ra...

Christie Misses a Golden Opportunity for the Garden State

Adam Gitlin | Posted 11.10.2015 | Politics
Adam Gitlin

On Monday, Gov. Chris Christie vetoed the Democracy Act -- preventing New Jersey from becoming the third state, after Oregon and California, to adopt automatic voter registration in 2015.

With Automatic Voter Registration, Illinois Poised to Reduce Recidivism

Chandra Bozelko | Posted 11.02.2015 | Chicago
Chandra Bozelko

If the Illinois General Assembly passes Senate Bill 2134 - automatic voter registration - it may not increase voter participation as much as anticipated but it could be one of the most effective anti-crime laws in the state.

Waiting for Brown: Sign California Voting Reform

Michael Waldman | Posted 10.06.2016 | Politics
Michael Waldman

One reason for our shamefully low turnout is America's ramshackle voter registration system. States have slowly improved the process over the last decade. But this year, a bold new reform has caught on -- automatic voter registration, starting at DMVs.

Samantha Lachman

Voting Rights Group Pushes Automatic Registration As 2016 Issue | Samantha Lachman | Posted 07.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Automatic voter registration has become a zeitgeisty election reform for Democrats, since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the state's ...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

GOP Support For Automatic Voter Registration Is Way, Way Down | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 06.08.2015 | Politics

There aren't all that many policy issues where Republican and Democratic voters agree. But for a while there, automatic voter registration was one of ...

Ryan J. Reilly

Hillary Clinton Calls For Automatic, Universal Voter Registration | Ryan J. Reilly | Posted 06.04.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Hillary Clinton in a speech on Thursday called for universal, automatic voter registration, saying every citizen in the country should b...

Ariel Edwards-Levy

Americans Want Voting To Be Easier, But Not Mandatory | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 03.30.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Earlier this month, Oregon became the first state in the nation to automatically register voters using data from the Department of Mot...

California's Voter Turnout Is Pathetic. This Proposal Could Change That.

The Huffington Post | Mollie Reilly | Posted 03.27.2015 | Politics

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla has proposed automatically registering eligible residents to vote when they obtain or renew their driver's ...

Samantha Lachman

With Universal Voter Registration Bill, Oregon Dems Seek To Emulate Canada | Samantha Lachman | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Oregon's legislature is widely expected to pass an automatic voter registration bill this year that could add up to 300,000 voters to th...

Strengthening the Right to Vote

David Orr | Posted 02.18.2013 | Chicago
David Orr

Prompted by the long waits President Obama criticized in his victory speech on November 6, the Senate is now the official arbiter of dozens of election reform proposals.

Holder: Voter Registration Should Be Automatic

Reuters | Posted 02.10.2013 | Politics

BOSTON, Dec 11 (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically a...