Voter Registration Modernization

The nation’s broken voter registration system is a chief cause of long lines and Election Day chaos. Many states rely on a blizzard of paper records that are rife with error while leaving out eligible voters. The Brennan Center’s signature proposal to modernize voting would harness proven technology to ensure that every eligible voter is permanently registered.

  • It establishes electronic registration of all consenting citizens when they interact with a wide range of government agencies.
  • It makes registration portable, keeping voters on the rolls even when they move.
  • It provides fail-safe procedures to ensure that eligible voters whose information is not on the rolls or not up to date can correct the information online or at the polls.
  • It offers states federal funding to make necessary technological upgrades.

The move would add 50 million to the rolls, cost less, and curb the potential for fraud. Already, 45 states and the District of Columbia — without fanfare or partisan wrangling — have implemented important elements of the plan. And in Congress, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and others introduced a bill based on the Center’s proposal.

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