Voting is the most fundamental right in a democracy. But recently, politicians have found ways to make it harder for people to vote. Voter ID laws as well as ending same-day registration and early voting are some of the most popular ways to deter voters and keep them home. Voter ID laws alone keep 23 million people from voting.
That’s why AFGE supports a new bill, S. 1088, introduced by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, that would allow people to register to vote and update their information online.
“The legislation would open online registration to nearly 100 million potential registrants who currently are without it,” the senator said.
Online registration has many benefits. Besides encouraging more people to participate in the democratic process, it’s a more accurate and reliable way to register voters. It produces fewer errors than paper forms and reduces opportunities for fraud and problems on Election Day. It also saves states millions of dollars each year.