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Voter Registration Modernization is a comprehensive plan to upgrade America's outdated voting system.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.
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.
With the 2016 race already under way, the voting wars continue in the states, but with a significant drop-off in new restrictions in 2015. Since the 2010 election, however, 21 states have new laws making it harder to vote.
Vermont is the 14th state, plus the District of Columbia, to pass legislation to allow voters to register on Election Day, which can boost turnout and make it easier for eligible voters to cast a ballot that will get counted.
After President Obama called on Congress to honor the legacy of Selma by expanding access to the ballot, House members introduced a bill to modernize voter registration, which includes the Brennan Center's signature proposal.
Oregon passed a bold new 21st century standard for voter registration, approving a bill to streamline registration at the DMV by replacing a paper-based system with a new process in which voters are added to the rolls electronically.