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Too tired from registering voters, to advocate progressive policies? Oregon just made voter registration automatic. Your state can do the same. You can use your time to educate, organize, lobby, protest, and govern.

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Every election season, thousands of volunteers toil endless hours on a task that need not exist at all: registering voters.

Oregon has just made voter registration automatic, a bill in California would do the same, and your state is 100% capable of easily taking the same step.

Click here to join The Nation and RootsAction.org in urging your state legislators to make voter registration automatic.

With automatic voter registration -- an opt-out option instead of "jump through hoops to register," as required in many states -- nobody is required to vote or even be registered. Rather, a government that already knows who we are through motor vehicle and other departments simply allows us to vote. (And the DMV in many states requires stricter proof of identity and citizenship than does traditional registration; and traditional registration remains available.)

As a result, more people vote and candidates have to win the votes of more people. Quite possibly more candidates gain traction.

It becomes easier to place initiatives on the ballot by gathering the signatures of registered voters.

The state government saves the expense of the existing ridiculous system of "registering" people it already knows.

"Let's get [people] on the rolls automatically and put all the resources and energy we've put into voter registration into voter education," says California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.

Volunteers could set aside the endless work of voter registration and instead promote the policy positions they care about.

Click here to send an email to your state legislators and governor letting them know you want voter registration to be automatic.

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Oregonian: Arrival of Automatic Voter Registration
Sacramento Bee
: Automatic Voter Registration Sought in California


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