Democrats Push for Automatic Voter Registration

From TIME

By Sam Frizell

As Republicans mount a nationwide effort to tighten voting laws a group that includes former aides to President Obama are beginning a multimillion-dollar push to expand automatic voter registration and fight back against a nationwide Republican effort to tighten voting laws.

The Democratic group, called iVote and co-led by top aide to Obama’s campaigns Jeremy Bird, aims to make voter registration in the 50 states automatic when people apply for driver’s licenses or other identification cards. That money is coming both from grassroots fundraising and a number of larger donors.

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Democratic Group Called iVote Pushes Automatic Voter Registration

From The New York Times

By Michael Shear

WASHINGTON — As Republicans across the country mount an aggressive effort to tighten voting laws, a group of former aides to President Obama and President Bill Clinton is pledging to counter by spending up to $10 million on a push to make voter registration automatic whenever someone gets a driver’s license.

The change would supercharge the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, known as the “motor voter” law, which requires states to offer people the option of registering to vote when they apply for driver’s licenses or other identification cards. The new laws would make registration automatic during those transactions unless a driver objected.

The group, called iVote — which is led by Jeremy Bird, who ran Mr. Obama’s voter turnout effort in 2012 — is betting that such laws could bring out millions of new voters who have, for whatever reason, failed to register even when they had the opportunity at motor vehicle departments.

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Our view: Make it easier for people to vote

From The Santa Fe New Mexican

Here’s an idea that demands consideration — automatically registering citizens to vote. It makes much more sense than raising false alarms about nonexistent voter fraud and placing obstacles in the path of citizens who want to vote.

Earlier this month, California switched to automatic registration when California Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill allowing the state to use Department of Motor Vehicles records to register citizens to vote. Beginning in 2016, all eligible California citizens who stop at a DMV office to get a driver’s license or renew one will be instantly registered to vote unless they opt out. Oregon started the trend with an automatic registration law signed in March, and a voter advocacy group, iVote, will be pushing for automatic registration across the nation.

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POLITICO California Playbook: Automatic Voter Registration

From POLITICO

By Carla Marinucci

AUTOMATIC VOTER REGISTRATION -- Brown also signed the California New Motor Voter Act, which “automatically registers to vote all eligible California residents who get or renew a driver’s license unless they opt out.”

Reaction from Jeremy Bird: a leading architect of Barack Obama’s 2008 field strategy and co-founder of iVote, a leading voting rights group: “By signing automatic voter registration into California law and adding nearly 7 million eligible citizens to the voter rolls Governor Jerry Brown has completed the most successful voter registration drive in American history. … This is a sea of change in California electoral politics. It's not now only easier to vote in California, but elections in the Golden State are fairer, more modern and more representative than they ever have.’’

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California Voters Will Now Be Automatically Registered Through The DMV

From SFist

By Carman Tse

Californians will now be automatically registered to vote the next time they get their drivers license renewed.

On Saturday, Governor Jerry Brown signed AB1461, also known as the California New Motor Voter Act, which will automatically have each eligible voter's information sent to the Secretary of State's office when he or she applies for or renews their driver's license or state ID at the DMV. Around 6 to 7 million Californians eligible to vote are not registered, and officials expect this to improve voter participation in the state. "In a free society, the right to vote is fundamental," said Secretary of State Alex Padilla in a statement. "Government should not impede a citizen's right to vote."

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Jerry Brown Signs Automatic Voter Registration In California

From Huffington Post

By Samantha Lachman

California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Saturday signed a bill that will automatically register voters, which was sent to him by the Democratic-controlled state legislature in September.

Since there are between 6 and 7 million Californians who remain unregistered to vote, voting rights advocates see the measure as a way to save money, boost security and reduce barriers to participation in elections. The state experienced record low turnout for a regularly scheduled general election last November, in which just 42 percent of Californians who were registered voted.

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Largest Voter Drive Ever?

From POLITICO

By Carla Marinucci

With voter turnout at dismal levels in California, supporters of an automatic voter registration bill — which they say could boost California’s voter rolls by nearly 7 million — are ramping up pressure. The voting rights advocacy group called iVote is making a final push for Californians to ask Gov. Jerry Brown to sign the bill backed by Secretary of State Alex Padilla; it passed the last day of the 2015 legislative session. The bill would automatically register to vote every eligible Californian with a driver’s license — though they can opt out; the nearly 7 million eligible, but unregistered, in California today are mostly young — and Latino. Republican legislators have opposed the effort as a potential for voter fraud.

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iVote Co-Founder Jeremy Bird talks to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla about Automatic Voter Registration

What is Automatic Voter Registration?

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Voting Rights Group Pushes Automatic Registration As 2016 Issue

From Huffington Post

By Samantha Lachman

WASHINGTON -- Automatic voter registration has become a zeitgeisty election reform for Democrats, since Oregon Gov. Kate Brown (D) signed the state's first-in-the-nation measure into law and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton advocated for the method. Now, a voting rights group is making the proposal the centerpiece of its 2016 effort. 

The group, called iVote, will announce Monday that it will focus its efforts on creating campaigns to enact automatic voter registration laws in multiple states across the country, including swing states crucial to next year's presidential election. The group plans to spend six to seven figures on the campaign.

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Deep Dive 2016: The Future of Voting

From HuffPost Live

With the 2016 presidential campaign in full swing, HuffPost Live takes a Deep Dive into the politics of voting. We explore what's working and what's not from voter ID laws to high-tech ballots and how to make America's electoral system more reliable.

iVote Board Member, Jeremy Bird, is a guest on the panel.

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