- Citizens who interact with government agencies like the Department of Motor Vehicles are registered to vote, unless they decline. In other words, a person is registered unless they opt out, instead of being required to opt in.
- The information citizens provide as part of their application for government services is electronically transmitted to elections officials, who verify their eligibility to vote. This process is seamless and secure.
- AVR markedly increases the number of voters being registered — increases in the number of registrants ranging from 9 to 94 percent.
- These registration increases are found in big and small states, as well as states with different partisan makeups.
Our nation is stronger when more people participate in the political process. This report shows that AVR is a highly effective way to bring more people into our democracy.
Read the Brennan Center response to April 18 Memo by Sean McElwee of AVR Now.
Read the Brennan Center response to the May 11 California Civic Engagement Project / Public Policy Institute of California report “Effects of Automatic Voter Registration in the United States.”
Read the Brennan Center response to the May 11 Latino Policy and Politics Initiative report “Implementing and Assessing Automatic Voter Registration.