INSPIRE VOTER TURNOUT

VOTER SUPPRESSION IS RAMPANT!
Voter IDs, long lines, insufficient polling places, lost voter registration, switched polling locations, misinformation, etc.
Help stop it!

Check if you are registered: http://canivote.org
Report anything wrong: http://866ourvote.org/

VOTING RIGHTS ARE UNDER ATTACK

A total of 21 states have passed voting restrictions since 2010. (AL, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, MS, NC, ND, NE, NH, OH, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV) And in 2013, the Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act, which had been in place for 50 years.  Brennan Center for Justice is doing great work to help. We encourage you join their efforts and get their newsletters. 

BILLS IN CONGRESS

Voter Empowerment Act (H.R. 12)

Amends the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) to require each state to make available official public websites for online voter registration, same day registration and voter registration of individuals under 18 years of age.  Amends the federal criminal code to prohibit hindering, interfering with, or preventing voter registration.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Lewis


Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 (H.R. 2867/S. 1659)

A bill to amend the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to revise the criteria for determining which States and political subdivisions are subject to section 4 of the Act, and for other purposes.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Sewell/Sen. Leahy

Automatic Voter Registration (H.R. 2694)

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.  Key Sponsor: Rep. Cicilline

 

PEOPLE POWER PROGRESS UPDATES

ACTION STEP 1:  REGISTER TO VOTE (REGISTER ONLINE HERE)

ACTION STEP 2:  ENCOURAGE YOUR FRIENDS TO VOTE

Share why you care about voting. Positive peer pressure actually has an influence. Remind them to vote prior to election day and follow up on the day of any local or federal elections via phone calls, text and social media.

ACTION STEP 3:  DEMAND UNIVERSAL VOTER REGISTRATION (which just passed in OR & CA)

Sign this Common Good petition

Sign this USPIRG petition

ACTION STEP 4:  START A CONVERSATION ABOUT MANDATORY VOTING

After the dismal turnout of the last few elections (36.4%) CNN ran a series of opinions after asking the question: Should Americans be forced to vote?, The Washington Post ran an opinion piece called A case for compulsory voting, and The Atlantic published A Feasible Roadmap to Compulsory Voting.   It seems that Americans may just be ready for what some think is a radical idea. In the 1920s Australia took a bold step and required every voting-age citizen to vote (compulsory voting) - just like jury duty in the U.S. Within four years voting participation jumped from 59% to 91%! Today ten countries have compulsory voting; voters pay a small fine if they don’t vote. Another 14 countries have non-enforced compulsory voting. Even though this could take many years to put in place in the US, we can start talking about it and understand what it means.

  • 10 countries have enforced compulsory voting (Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Congo, Ecuador, Luxembourg, Nauru, Peru, Singapore, Uruguay)
  • 14 countries have non-enforced compulsory voting


Jury duty is mandatory; why not voting?

Mandating voting has a clear effect: It raises participation rates. Before Australia adopted compulsory voting in 1924, for example, it had turnout rates similar to those of the U.S. After voting became mandatory, participation immediately jumped from 59 percent in the election of 1922 to 91 percent in the election of 1925.“  Peter Orszag - Bloomberg News 

“I'm not here to tell you to vote, I'm here to remind you that other people can't. Compulsory voting is the guarantee of voter freedom, not its opposite.” - Van Badham – The Guardian

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LEARN ABOUT SAME DAY VOTER REGISTRATION (not in all states)

Demos put together a great info package about same day voter registration

 

LEARN MORE WAYS TO INCREASE VOTING RIGHTS & TURNOUT

Learn more.  Brennan Center lays out several great solutions:

  1. Modernize Voter Registration
  2. Restore the Voting Rights Act 
  3. Expand Early Voting
  4. Restore Voting Rights to Citizens with Past Criminal Convictions
  5. Replace Outdated Voting Machines
  6. End Long Lines
  7. Prioritize Increasing Voter Turnout
  8. Other Voting Reforms

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  • commented 2015-01-05 11:21:31 -0800
    @elizabeth Barger – You may want to watch our first film Free For All that looks exactly at these issues and talks about the need for verified voting with paper ballots. And even though compulsory voting is a long shot, I was happy to see both the CNN and the Washington Post talking about it after this election cycle. We may be at the turning point on this being something impossible and making it possible.
  • commented 2015-01-05 08:20:51 -0800
    More people will vote when they see that their votes count and are counted properly. Who did your voting machine vote for is seen in the present results of the latest elections. Voter verified paper ballots that can be scanned is much more efficient and accountable than the clunky corporate owned computer voting machines that are easily hacked and break down too often. There is no way to verify the accuracy of the vote on our present machines. And, you said truth when you suggested that it might be difficult to get compulsory voting instituted in America. But it is worth talking about.
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