Automatic Voter Registration (AVR) is a system of automatically adding individuals to the voter rolls when they apply for a driver’s license or state identification card at the state’s licensing office or other agencies.

In many cases, AVR does not require voters to sign or affirm a statement attesting to their eligibility to vote and does not allow voters to decline to register until days or weeks later. In many cases, there is no verification of citizenship or other qualifications prior to registration. As a result, many argue that AVR violates the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) as it does not require voters to affirm their eligibility at the time of registration.

States with Automatic Voter Registration

Under the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), state and federal registration forms are available in all types of state agencies and in each local election office. With voter registration never being easier in America, there is simply no need to place all citizens on the voter registration rolls regardless of eligibility or personal choice.

Below are some of the free speech arguments against AVR:

  • AVR takes the personal choice of registration away from the individual and violates a citizen’s First Amendment right to not participate in the electoral system.
  • The act of registration or voting is undoubtedly an act of political speech. Similarly, citizens have a personal right not to speak, vote or register to vote.
  • Many citizens are, in fact, trying to make a political statement when they choose not to register because they are not interested in the election or the candidates, believe that their vote will not make a difference, or do not wish to participate in politics.
  • AVR registration also violates a citizen’s right to privacy, as voter registration lists are publicly available records and citizens do not have an opportunity to decline to participate.

There is no evidence that AVR increases turnout, but rather creates unnecessary problems in the accurate registration of voters. In Canada, automatic voter registration did not increase voter participation.

Registration in the United States is easy, and voters already have multiple ways to register, either in person, by mail, and in most cases, online registration. There are also many nonprofit groups whose major purpose is registering citizens to vote and who solicit registrations every election cycle.

Automatic registration results in many ineligible names being added, creating inaccurate voter rolls. AVR increases the vulnerability of the system for fraud by registering people who have no intention of voting in the jurisdiction, and increasing the potential for others to vote in the non-voter’s name.

There are millions of outdated and inaccurate voter registrations across the country, and automatic voter registration will only worsen the problem. Under AVR, individuals could be registered in multiple locations without their knowledge simply because they interact with a government agency.

ACTIVITY

Taking advantage of the homeless

Carlos Antonio De Bourbon Montenegro and Marcos Raul Arevalo of Los Angeles have been accused of requesting 8,000 ballots in the names of homeless people and setting up postal boxes to receive those ballots before completing and submitting them. This is what happens when a governor demands un-solicited ballots to be delivered wherever.

ACRU’s Protect Elderly Votes’ concerns about nursing home fraud confirmed

In a state where ballot harvesting is illegal, a remarkable coincidence occurred right before election day. According to reports from the Senate Judiciary Committee, 25,000 nursing home residents in different facilities across the state all requested ballots at the same time. Who ordered them? And more importantly, who filled them out? An investigation is currently ongoing.

Dallas man and his late wife’s stolen identity used to commit voter fraud

A Dallas man who says he had his voter identification stolen this year says he has voted in every election since Richard Nixon won in 1968, and each year he has waited to cast his ballot on Election Day. With such a hotly contested race in 2020, he wanted to make sure he got his vote in early. His message to everyone: he’s glad he did.

Liberal state supreme court gives tacit approval to forgery

On Oct. 23, The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s (5:1 Democrat majority) ruled that local election officials cannot reject mail-in ballots because the voter’s signature on the ballot does not match the voter's signature on file. This is a boon for ballot harvesters, particularly those operating in senior residential facilities, as they no longer must worry about practicing stolen voter signatures before mailing stolen ballots.

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ACRU’s Professor Walter Williams: The Census is not a tool for vote fraud

Noting the obvious — only US citizens can vote in US elections — ACRU Policy Board Member Walter Williams is concerned that, “counting illegal immigrants in the census undermines (the) fundamental principle that every citizen-voter has an equal voice.” It is indeed a dangerous road. Walter references Hans von Spakovky’s work in his article, and we are grateful to have them both on team ACRU.  

California voter rolls used for unsolicited ballots are a complete mess

Since liberal Democrat California Governor Gavin Newsom unilaterally decreed that California would be an unsolicited mail ballot state, the state’s non-partisan watchdog, Election Integrity Project, has sent every notice possible short of carrier pigeon to the Governor and his Secretary of State sharing research that shows mail ballots will go to the moved, the deceased, those over 105 years old, with multiple ballots going to thousands of individuals. They tried again this week, and their findings are disturbing.

Frivolous Ballot Cheatin’ Lawsuit Abuse Lists

If you can’t win an election with votes, you use COVID to pretend people can’t vote in person and try to change rules that make it easier to cheat or mishandle ballots. That is exactly what the American left is doing. As of today, there are 300 court cases in 44 states of liberal groups trying to loosen ID requirements, extend voting, create mail-only schemes. You can use this super simple Stanford-MIT case tracker to find out exactly what you need to be against in your state.

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