Tell Gov. Sandoval: Make It Easier To Register To Vote In Nevada – Support Automatic Voter Registration In NV


Excerpt from: CREDO Action

Republicans want to suppress the vote. For years, they have enacted discriminatory photo ID laws, cut back early voting, eliminated polling locations and done everything they can think of to make it harder for people to vote. Under Trump, extreme right-wing Republicans are already doubling down in these efforts, and Trump’s Department of Justice (DOJ) is not likely to stop them.

Nevada has a chance to reverse the tide and make it easier to vote – not harder.

Initiative Petition 1 would allow the secretary of state to automatically register eligible voters who obtain, renew or change the address for their driver’s license at the Department of Motor Vehicles.1 It has passed the Nevada House and is likely to pass the Senate. We need to send a strong message now to Gov. Brian Sandoval to make sure he signs this bill.

When voter registration and participation rates are low, the electorate is skewed toward conservatives. Making it easier for Nevadans to register to vote will help level the playing field in elections and could lead to a more progressive and representative legislature, as well as more desirable outcomes on Nevada ballot measures.

In 2015, thanks in part to the activism of tens of thousands of CREDO activists, California passed legislation to increase voter registration and participation. Vermont, Connecticut, Oregon, West Virginia, Alaska and the District of Columbia also recently enacted similar forms of automatic voter registration.2 Now we have a chance to pass similar legislation in Nevada, and there could not be a more important time.

While courts in North Carolina, Wisconsin and Kansas have blocked Republican efforts to make it harder to vote, Trump now has an opportunity to not only remake the Supreme Court but to fill hundreds of lower-court vacancies with extremist judges.3 Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose willingness to subvert voting rights goes back decades, just removed the DOJ from a 6-year-long fight against Texas’ discriminatory voter ID law.4,5

In addition to doing everything we can to block Trump’s extreme agenda and stop bad laws, we must enact good ones that increase participation rates so voters can be more involved participants in the democratic process. Right now Nevada has the opportunity to go on offense and strengthen our democracy by making it easier for people to register to vote.

Gov. Sandoval failed to support a bill that would have greatly expanded the voter registration window in 2013. He has so far been silent on Initiative Petition 1, which advocates are taking as a sign that he may be considering signing it.6 We need to make sure he knows where we stand.

Can you add your voice to make sure Gov. Sandoval knows Nevadans are counting on him to strengthen our democracy by making it easier for people to register to vote?

  • The petition to Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval reads:
    “Making it easier to register to vote will help increase Nevadans’ civic engagement and participation in elections. Sign Initiative Petition 1 to allow automatic voter registration in Nevada.”

Thanks for everything you do,

Heidi Hess, Senior Campaign Manager
CREDO Action from Working Assets

References:

Seth Richardson, “Automatic voter registration moves one step closer to reality in Nevada,” Reno Gazette-Journal, Feb. 16, 2017.
Sofia Tesfaye, “Nevada Democrats poised to implement automatic voter registration,” Salon, Feb. 24, 2017.
Judicial Vacancies, United States Courts, Feb. 28, 2017.
Ari Berman, “Jeff Sessions Has Spent His Whole Career Opposing Voting Rights,” The Nation, Jan. 10, 2017.
Sophia Tesfaye, “Jeff Sessions drops DOJ lawsuit against discriminatory Texas voter ID case, reverses 6 years of litigation,” Salon, Feb. 27, 2017.
Sofia Tesfaye, “Nevada Democrats poised to implement automatic voter registration,” Salon, Feb. 24, 2017.

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