Initiative would automatically register some Nevada DMV customers to vote

iVote is excited to announce Nevadans for Modern and Secure Elections, a ballot initiative to get automatic voter registration passed and implemented in Nevada!

From the Las Vegas Review-Journal

by Shandra Chereb

"An initiative to automatically register people to vote when they apply for or renew a Nevada license or identification card was filed this week with the secretary of state’s office.

The measure, backed by a group called Nevadans for Modern and Secure Elections, would require the Department of Motor Vehicles to transmit information to the secretary of state’s office to register people to vote or update their information. People could opt out of the program.

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Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

Automatic voter registration gives people the decision to opt-out of being registered to vote instead of opting-in at the DMV; in this process, it will change our default understanding of voter registration. It has the potential to revolutionize voting rolls and voting behavior in the United States as it becomes our default setting. iVote has gone on the offensive to push automatic voter registration bills throughout the United States. You can read more about how default settings impact our lives everyday in the article below.

From ProPublico

By Lena Groeger

"Defaults are the settings that come out of the box, the selections you make on your computer by hitting enter, the assumptions that people make unless you object, the options easily available to you because you haven’t changed them.

They might not seem like much, but defaults (and their designers) hold immense power – they make decisions for us that we’re not even aware of making. Consider the fact that most people never change the factory settings on their computer, the default ringtone on their phones, or the default temperature in their fridge..."

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Editorial: A chance to boost democracy — and save money

iVote's efforts to pass automatic voter registration in Illinois have culminated in Senate bill 250 waiting for Governor Rauner's signature. To support this effort, sign this petition. The Chicago Sun-Times has urged him to sign the bill.

From Chicago Sun-Times

"A bill that would sign up more people to vote while also cleaning up voter rolls is sitting on Gov. Bruce Rauner’s desk, awaiting for his signature. Here’s hoping he does not delay.

As it stands now, people renewing their driver’s licenses are asked if they would also like to register to vote. But plenty of people, often in a rush, decline."

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iVote Co-Founder Jeremy Bird speaks on Brennan Center panel on automatic voter registration

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From POLITICO Playbook

By Natasha Korecki

iVote is targeting 21 Illinois House members with digital ads that begin today and run through Friday, urging their support for SB250, state Sen. Andy Manar's Automatic Voter Registration bill. The bill passed the Senate The group plans $50,000 in digital ads over three days, an effort they've joined with the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 881. Senators Sam McCann, Chapin Rose, Sue Rezin, Neil Anderson and Jason Barickman, the 5 Republican senators who voted for the Manar AVR bill in the Illinois Senate. If it advances and is signed into law, Illinois will become the fifth state to have automatic voter registration, behind California, Oregon, Vermont and West Virginia.


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DMV, Merrill To Implement Automatic Voter Registration to Comply With Federal Law

From CT News Junkie

By Christine Stuart

Under threat of a lawsuit from the U.S. Department of Justice, the state Department of Motor Vehicles and the Secretary of State agreed to come up with a plan to automatically register drivers to vote when they go to the DMV.

Under the current program, which according to the federal government violates the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, a customer is registered to vote only if he or she chooses that option.

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Chicago Tonight: iVote & UFCW team up to pass automatic voter registration in Illinois

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WGN: iVote & UFCW team up to pass automatic voter registration in Illinois

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CLTV: iVote & UFCW Local 881 team up to pass automatic voter registration in Illinois

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Illinois should move ahead on automatic voter registration

From The State Journal-Register

By Pete Giangreco

There are few things Illinois gets right these days, but we can rightfully point with pride to recent strides in expanding access to the ballot box. With same day voter registration and expanded early voting, Illinois has been a national leader in ensuring its citizens have a full chance to participate.

We have a chance to continue that leadership and build on the progress by passing Automatic Voter Registration (AVR), a law that would ensure every eligible citizen becomes registered to vote when they receive or renew their driver’s license or state ID, unless they choose to opt-out.

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