The freedom to vote is the cornerstone of our democracy. Protecting and expanding that freedom for eligible people should be a top priority for our elected leaders. Our voting system should encourage people to vote, not discourage them with complicated rules. That’s why legislators should pass Automatic Voter Registration in 2018.
I’m a busy working mother and breadwinner of my household. I know our democracy is stronger when everyone participates, but between high housing costs, work and my child’s ever-increasing list of extracurricular activities, it can be hard to stay on top of registration and voting. In the last four years, I’ve moved three times and have had to update my registration each time. Once, I made a mistake typing out my new address and missed the August primary. Automatic Voter Registration would help people like me participate by automatically registering or updating existing registrations when eligible Washingtonians interact with certain government agencies such as the Health Benefit Exchange. That way, more people can make their voices heard on Election Day without worrying about registration.
Some 900,000 Washingtonians are eligible to vote but are not registered. Let’s fix that by passing Automatic Voter Registration. Call your legislators today at 800-562-6000 and tell them to pass Automatic Voter Registration!