Exactly one year ago, conservatives swept the states on Election Day, thanks to promises to focus on jobs and the economy. But in states where conservatives were able to advance their agenda in 2011 sessions, voters only saw attacks on workers, the middle class, women, immigrants, and historically disenfranchised communities. This week, voters from every corner of the nation - form Ohio to Maine to Arizona to Mississippi - sent a striking and direct message in response, rejecting the overreach of right-wing legislatures and governors in 2011 on a range of issues.
PSA submitted testimony in February 2011 for HI HB 343, a bill that would allow same day voter registration. Our testimony highlights the success of the reform in other states as well as offers the perspectives of legislators in other states regarding the value of SDR.
This Brennan Center report looks at the various ways in which states began to move toward a system in which voters are automatically and permanently added to the rolls, with fail-safes in case of government mistakes.
This detailed 50-state scorecard from Rock The Vote ranks evaluated state voting laws with an on a 21-point scale that aims to assess how well states are serving young voters in three categories: voter registration, ease of casting a ballot, and encouraging young voter participation.
This issue brief from The Brennan Center contains sample legislative language for the main components of a fully modernized voter registration system: (1) one-stop automated registration of eligible citizens who interact with other government agencies; (2) permanent voter registration, so that once a voter is registered, she stays registered regardless of whether she moves within the state; (3) an online interface to check and update registration information; and (4) fail-safe provisions so that voters can correct errors or omissions on the voter rolls up through Election Day.