Connecticut lawmakers and officials should respect the freedom to vote by reaching every possible unregistered Connecticut voter and registering them to vote unless they opt out.
Please thank Government Administration & Elections (GAE) Committee Co-Chairs Senator Mae Flexer and Representative Dan Fox for passing historic 2021 election reforms including expanded Automatic Voter Registration—and urge them to work with state officials to immediately put newly expanded automatic registration into action for eligible voters beyond the Department of Motor Vehicles at other state agencies. It’s the best way to streamline our voting systems, while also keeping them safe, accessible, and up-to-date in advance of the 2022 midterm elections.
Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) expanded beyond the DMV is a commonsense choice for modernizing and securing our voter registration process. After put into action, it will:
- Ensure that all eligible citizens get registered and are able to cast ballots.
- Increase security of voter rolls by making registration automatic only for eligible citizens who don’t opt-out of the service when getting a driving license or doing other official business with the state, so long as they’re providing the agency with all relevant information needed to establish eligibility.
- Reach far more eligible voters – no matter their party preference – who haven’t registered so that they can participate in our democracy.
We know automatic voter registration works. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released a report in 2017 showing that Oregon’s automatic voter registration law added 375,000 new voters to the rolls in just 18 months – a 12% increase in the state’s registered voters.