An initial look at laws introduced in state legislatures makes it clear that the fight continues against voter suppression across the country. But many states are looking to expand access to the polls and make a more inclusive democracy.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order expanding the number of state agencies required to provide voter registration assistance, and creating a task force to study improvements to election infrastructure.
New Jersey has long been a leader in fighting for a more robust democracy. Its lawmakers have an opportunity to build on this legacy with reforms that promote a more inclusive process that maximizes participation for all eligible residents.
Tennant was instrumental in passing automatic registration in West Virginia last year. She'll use that experience and expertise at the Brennan Center to help advance automatic registration legislation and policy initiatives in the states.
The bill that would automatically register eligible citizens to vote when they interact with the DMV, and opens the door to expanding the system to other state agencies in the future. The measure could significantly boost Connecticut’s registration rate.
As America heads into another presidential election year in the midst of pitched battles over the right to vote, this six-part agenda outlines how to secure our elections from misconduct while maintaining fair access to the ballot.