Fair Elections Legal Network Supports the Voter Empowerment ActRelease Date: May 17, 2012, 4:22 pm
The Bill Would Expand the Franchise by Making Voting More Convenient
Washington, DC – The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) applauds members of the House of Representatives for introducing the Voter Empowerment Act (VEA) that will bring voting into the 21st century by making it more convenient to register and vote.
The bill will allow voters to register or update their voter registration online and creates an automatic voter registration system that utilizes secure technology to automatically and permanently register eligible Americans, both of which will reduce clerical errors in the registration process, save money, and increase the number of registered voters. Several states have already implemented systems to allow eligible voters to register or update their registration online. Already this year, two more states passed legislation implementing online voter registration with bipartisan support.
The bill would also require states to allow voters to vote early in federal elections and same day registration. Currently, 32 states and the District of Columbia allow voters to vote prior to Election Day. Voting on Tuesday’s can prove difficult for many – especially working parents. This allows voters to cast a ballot when it is most convenient for them. Combined with same day registration that allows voters to register and vote at the same time, many obstacles voters face to cast a ballot will disappear, increasing participation.
The following statement can be attributed to Fair Elections Legal Network President Robert M. Brandon:
“The Fair Elections Legal Network applauds Congressman John Lewis (D-GA) and the other co-sponsors of the Voter Empowerment Act. At a time when most state legislatures are debating laws that would restrict access to the ballot – including laws requiring voters to show a photo ID, restricting voter registration drives, and shortening early voting periods – this legislation moves the conversation in the right direction to expand access to the ballot box. We look forward to working with members of Congress and state legislators to support legislation that will make voting more convenient and increase participation.”
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The Fair Elections Legal Network (FELN) is a national, nonpartisan advocacy organization whose mission is to remove barriers to registration and voting for traditionally underrepresented constituencies and improve overall election administration through administrative, legal, and legislative reform.