Target: Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin
Goal: Allow Vermont residents to register to vote on the day of elections.
Americans in Vermont could soon be able register to vote on the day of elections if a proposal currently being reviewed by the state’s governor earns his signature. This will enfranchise countless Vermonters and increase voter turnout exponentially. Urge the governor to sign this change into law.
With today’s technology, voter registration deadlines are largely arbitrary and serve no practical purpose. This is a problem because they add an unnecessary obstacle to voting that ultimately discourages many Americans from registering and exercising their right to do so.
Numerous studies show that allowing voters to register on election day instead of arbitrarily forcing them to do so several weeks in advance increases voter turnout anywhere from seven to 14 percent. Vermont, which unfortunately usually experiences relatively low turnout, is trying to take advantage of this increase by giving its citizens the option to register any time, up to and including the day of elections.
This proposal has already been approved by the State Senate and House, and is now on it’s way to Governor Peter Shumlin for his consideration. Sign the petition below to demand that Governor Shumlin sign this pro-democracy bill into law.
Dear Governor Shumlin,
I am writing you today regarding S. 29, a bill on its way to your desk. This is an extremely positive voting rights proposal that should be signed into law at once.
While many states are trying to curtail the voting rights of their citizens, your state is standing out for doing the opposite. This bill would give Vermonters the ability to register to vote on election days. Such a change would be extremely welcome.
Arbitrary registration deadlines do nothing but make it more difficult for busy, hardworking Americans to register to vote. In contrast, it’s been found that letting citizens register themselves to vote on election days increases turnout by anywhere from seven to 14 percent—a huge margin when one considers the fact that voter turnout nationwide regularly dips below 50 percent.
With S. 29, you have the opportunity to help countless people in your state get their voices heard. Democracy is what America was founded on, and we should value every opportunity we have to make it easier for citizens to live up to that ideal. I urge you to sign S. 29 into law at once so that thousands of Vermonters can be empowered to vote.
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