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Modernizing Voter Registration: Momentum in the States

Published: March 5, 2010

The past year has seen gathering momentum in the states to modernize the voter registration system. In various ways, states have begun to move toward a system in which voters are automatically and permanently added to the rolls, with fail-safes in case of government mistakes. Such changes have typically garnered bipartisan support, and been implemented without controversy. Moreover, reforms have increased voter registration rates, improved the accuracy of the voter rolls, curbed opportunities for fraud, and saved states millions of dollars.