National Voter Registration Day
For the first time ever, grassroots organizations and concerned citizens across the nation are coming together, pulling out all the stops to make sure that every eligible voter is registered and able to vote in this critical election year.
As part of our ongoing work to ensure all Americans have a voice in the decisions that impact their lives, Demos launched our "Free The Vote" series this week on PolicyShop. We've also assembled some handy resources you can pass along to friends or family for improving our voting system.
To capture the state of America's voting system and how we can make elections free, fair and accessible, Demos' Vice President of Legal Strategies and voting rights expert Brenda Wright has written a brief on eliminating bureaucratic barriers for eligible citizens.
A common sense election reform, Same Day Registration (or "SDR") offers eligible citizens the chance to show up on Election Day or during an early voting period, register to vote, and cast a ballot. With such an accessible system, it's no surprise states with SDR lead the nation in voter turnout (see our factsheet), giving eligible voters power over the decisions that affect their lives, communities, and economy. Demos has long been working with state advocates to pass SDR and this week, California Governor Jerry Brown signed SDR into law. Read Demos President and former Secretary of the State of Connecticut Miles Rapoport's statement applauding the reform, and read Demos Counsel Liz Kennedy's piece on Policy Shop: "All Americans in the world's longest running democracy deserve no less, and today the voters of California got it."
At the same time, Demos is working to protect SDR is Minnesota this election cycle. Read Demos State Advocacy Director Steve Carbó's history of SDR in Maine and Minnesota, two states where politicians have tried to undermine or repeal SDR.