Capitol Hill Briefing on Automatic Voter Registration

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 1:30pm

The Brennan Center for Justice presents:

Capitol Hill Briefing on Automatic Voter Registration

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 1:30 p.m. 
226 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20002


In July, senior congressional lawmakers introduced the Automatic Voter Registration Act of 2016, a transformative bill that would add up to 50 million new voters by automatically registering eligible citizens to vote. The initiative, led by Rep. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) with Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), would also cut costs and improve the accuracy and security of America’s voter rolls.

In the past 18 months, five states, several with bipartisan support, have adopted automatic registration through the department of motor vehicles. Oregon, the first state to fully implement the plan, is now a national leader in voter registration rates, and has quadrupled its rate of new registrations at the DMV compared to previous years.

Please join the Brennan Center for Justice and other experts for a discussion on the Automatic Voter Registration Act and the tremendous momentum of this new and exciting reform.

Moderated by: 

Nicole Austin-Hillery, Director and Counsel, Washington, D.C. Office, Brennan Center for Justice

Panelists include:

Terry Ao Minnis, Director of Census & Voting Programs, Asian Americans Advancing Justice
Lisa Bornstein, Legal Director & Senior Legal Advisor, Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Co-Director for the Voting Rights Project, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Wendy Weiser, Director of Democracy Program, Brennan Center for Justice 


For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Allison Ramiller at or 202-249-7194.