Roadmap to Reform
Automatic Voter Registration
  
California: AB 2371   
Sponsor: Assembly Member Coto
This bill allows Californians who are not already registered to vote to register when applying for a new or renewed California driver's license, instruction permit, junior permit, or identification card with the Department of Motor Vehicles or who file a Personal Income Tax form with the Franchise Tax Board be registered to vote, unless the person declines to be registered to vote.
Status: Held in Assembly Appropriations Committee.

New York: AB 04346   
Sponsor: Assembly Member Gianaris
This bill automatically registers citizens to vote who are applying for a driver’s license or learner’s permit at the Department of Motor Vehicles and citizens who file a state income tax return with the Department of Taxation and Finance. The bill also calls for the Board of Elections to conduct a study on the practicality and cost-effectiveness of implementing automatic voter registration.
Status: Held in Election Law Committee
 
Recent Articles
October 19th 2009
Mandatory Voting? Automatic Registration? How Un-American!
Huffington Post

President of Air America Media, Mark Green, explains why Instant Runoff Voting, Automatic Registration and Mandatory Voting are not only important but could lead to a more democratic society.

September 30th 2009
Can a 17-year-old register to vote? It depends
Ventura County Star

"Most Californians register to vote not because a political cause has touched their heart, but rather because they checked a box on a form at the Department of Motor Vehicles when they received or renewed their driverís license."

September 27th 2009
Giving teens a civic voice
The Fayetteville Observer

In January, North Carolina will become the third state to implement FairVote-endorsed youth preregistration.

September 8th 2009
Give voters final say on vacancies
Politico

The two legislators proposing a constitutional amendment mandating elections to fill Senate vacancies make their case in the pages of Politico.