Automatic Voter Registration

Automatic voter registration is a program that allows the government to register eligible voters to vote. The government uploads information on eligible voters obtained through agencies like the Department of Motor Vehicles and then registers them to vote, allowing them to opt out of the process if they choose.

Since Oregon’s automatic registration law passed in March of 2015, four other states have passed or implemented similar programs – California, West Virginia, Vermont, and Connecticut - and on July 14, 2016, members of Congress introduced automatic voter registration bills in the Senate and the House of Representatives. Automatic voter registration can include millions of new voters in our political process. It’s an exciting step toward a democracy that includes everyone.

  • To learn more about successful campaigns to pass automatic voter registration, click here!
  • Check out our guides to taking action and getting the word out to learn how you can help pass automatic voter registration in your state.

Download our fact sheet on automatic voter registration here.