Expand Suffrage and Access

17-Year-Old Primary and Caucus Voting

State and political party policy. If a voter will be eligible to vote in the general election, they should be able to vote in the primary or caucus that will nominate candidates to be on their ballots. An increasing number of states and political parties have therefore extended voting rights in primaries and caucuses to 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the date of the next general election.

Policy Brief • Model Statute

Automatic Voter Registration

State policy. Automatic voter registration is the norm in many modern democracies. Rather than forbidding eligible voters from voting until they "opt-in" by registering, eligible voters should be able to vote by default, with the ability to opt-out if they choose to.

Policy Brief • Model Statute

In High School and Colleges

State and local policy. It is easy for high schools - that already have their students' information - to ensure that all of their students are preregistered for voting. That way, more prospective voters are registered as soon as they become eligible to vote.

Policy Brief • Model Statute


Election Day Holiday

State and federal policy. Federal and state law should mandate that our most important Election Days be observed as holidays. That way, people would be more able to vote at any time of day, not just before or after work.

Policy Brief • Model Statute

Extending Voting Rights to 16- and 17-Year-Old Citizens

State and local policy. Localities can expand voting and enhance civic engagement for all citizens by joining the practice of several nations and other jurisdictions in enfranchising otherwise-eligible voters when they turn 16.

Policy Brief • Model Statute

Youth Voter Pre-Registration

State policy. Otherwise-eligible voters should be able to pre-register to vote before they reach voting age. That way they can will automatically be able to vote as soon as they become eligible.

Policy Brief • Model Statute

Restoring Voting Rights to Citizens with Past Felony Convictions

State policy. It should be easy for people with felony convictions to reintegrate into lawful society once they have completed their sentences. States can facilitate this process by simplifying the process of voting rights restoration and voter registration for people with felony convictions.

Policy Brief • Model Statute


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