Universal Voter Registration

Universal RegistrationUniversal voter registration would modernize voter registration in the United States. Government would be responsible for maintaining accurate and complete voter rolls, shifting our system from its current opt-in structure to an opt-out structure. Automatic universal voter registration would significantly reduce duplications and omissions on the voter rolls, resulting in a system that balances the twin goals of election accessibility and security.

FairVote analysis in national news

// February 13, 2012

On February 12th, FairVote executive director Rob Richie was a guest on CSPAN television's Washington Journal, aired live around the nation. That day he also had the first and final letters in the New York Times' "Invitation to Dialogue" series on voting reform. FairVote staff and interns have been publishing many articles in 2012.

Rob Richie on CSPAN

New York Times "Invitation to Dialogue"

Fair voting op-eds in St. Louis Post-Dispatch & Austin American-Statesman

FairVote blogs on Huffington Post & Oped News

Why Universal Voter Registration?

Complete and accurate voter rolls are essential to the integrity of the electoral process and the legitimacy of results. Yet, as evidenced by recent elections, voter rolls are littered with duplicate registrants and errors. Nearly a third of eligible American voters are not registered to vote and voter registration drives result in a surge of registrations close to an election that are difficult to process and that create unanticipated demands on polling places. As a result, millions of eligible voters are effectively shut out of the political process. [read more]

Latest Articles

  • Giving teens a civic voice

    September 27, 2009 // The Fayetteville Observer
    In January, North Carolina will become the third state to implement FairVote-endorsed youth preregistration.
  • The Right Way to Register Voters

    July 24, 2009 // The New York Times
    Editorial by the New York Times comes out in support of efforts now underway in the US Senate to modernize voter registration practices so that we "live up to the ideal of the founders of a nation governed with the consent of the governed."
  • Looking Abroad For Answers On Voter Registration

    July 20, 2009 // National Journal
    Recent studies by the Brennan Center and U.S. PIRG show the need for universal voter registration in the U.S.