Posted by Austin Plier on April 28, 2016
Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed an automatic voter registration bill into law on Thursday, April 28th, making Vermont the fourth state to pass such a law. The bill could add up to 50,000 new voters to the rolls over the course of its first four years in effect. The bill was proposed by former FairVote outreach staffer Rep. Christopher Pearson, backed effectively by Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos, and received overwhelming all-partisan support in the Vermont Legislature with only a single dissenting vote cast.
FairVote supports automatic voter registration as a non-partisan, commonsense policy to increase voter turnout and eliminate barriers to voting for all.