A total of 38 states now use electronic and/or online voter registration, nearly double the total from our last study five years ago. These systems boost registration rates, increase voter roll accuracy, and save money.
Voter Registration Modernization is a comprehensive plan to upgrade America's outdated voting system. It could add up to 50 million new voters while saving money, increasing efficiency and accuracy, and curbing the potential for fraud.
In 2016, 43 states will use voting machines that are at least 10 years old, perilously close to the end of their expected lifespan. Old equipment increases the risk of failures and crashes, which can lead to long lines and lost votes.
State officials estimate that with approximately 6.6 million eligible but unregistered voters, the provision could dramatically boost California’s registration rate, which was ranked 38th in the country in 2012.
More than half a million registered voters do not have the kind of ID required by Texas’s harsh new law. Texas should heed the admonishment of three federal courts and abandon this discriminatory requirement.
Samuels, one of the most influential opinion writers in the country, has been a critical voice for many of the Center's core issues. We look forward to her important contributions that will continue to shape the public debate.