Target: Senator Betsy Johnson (D-Oregon)
Goal: Promote automatic voting registration in Oregon
An innovative bill recently passed Oregon’s House of Representatives which would make it legal for the state to automatically register all citizens to vote. There are currently 600,000 unregistered voters in the state of Oregon and 57 million eligible voters who are not registered in the United States. The bill would have not forced people to vote, and would automatically update when a person moved.
Weather due to busy lifestyles, apathetic views toward politics or plain forgetfulness, automatic registration would give more reason for the public to make the drive to the polls during election season. Johnson notes the two-step voting process to not be “unduly burdensome” and that citizens should be able to handle basic civic duties.
Maintaining responsibility in any community is good, but a nation whose voter population stays at a consistent “halfway” mark (half the population voting, half not) through the decades, a bill such as this has potential for tangible change. Those “non-voters” will have less reason to avoid the polls and more initiative to understand politics locally and nationwide. Petition Senator Betsy Johnson to promote higher voter population not only in Oregon, but nationwide.
Dear Senator Betsy Johnson,
In joining 16 Republicans, your vote against HB 3521 stopped the bill in it’s tracks after passing the House just a month prior. The bill would have made it legal to automatically register citizens the ability to vote, rather than having to register themselves. This progressive bill would have made voting more accessible to the 600,000 Oregon constituents who are not registered, yet are eligible t0 vote.
Failure of responsibility on the citizen’s part is viable, although the widely shared sentiment that ‘one person can’t make a difference, so why vote?’ is also cause for many to stray from the polls during election season. Oregon is known for it’s innovative politics and taking great care of it’s citizens, please consider the possible outcomes of reintroducing and passing this bill.
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