Senator Kirsten Gillibrand introduced the Voter Registration Modernization Act, which would provide national standards for secure and accessible online registration and help bring America’s election system into the 21st century.
New voting restrictions developed since 2010 are slated to be in place in 22 states this November, according to a new Brennan Center report. In 15 of these states, 2014 will be the first federal election with new restrictions in effect.
Nebraska became the first state to enact a law to modernize voter registration since the Presidential Commission on Election Administration recommended it as a key reform to improve elections in America.
Hundreds of bills to improve access to the polls have been introduced leading up to the 2014 election, in sharp contrast to the spate of restrictive laws introduced before 2012, a new Brennan Center analysis found.
The Presidential Commission on Election Administration issued recommendations today to improve the voting experience and reduce long lines. They make clear that there are bipartisan reforms that can be implemented now to transform voting.
From its first days, the Voting Rights Act united members of both parties. Critically, this proposal continues that bipartisan approach. We need an election system that works well for everyone, and doesn’t tolerate discrimination against anyone.
Voters head to the polls tomorrow, one year after President Obama said “we have to fix” the long lines that marred the 2012 election. In the year since, there have been setbacks and gains to the cause of election reform.