I promised myself a few years ago that if I saw a certain type of headline, I would use it to remind people to check their voter registration status. And I just saw such a headline:
Now interestingly, this story also came with a dash of good news (and you all know how much I like my silver linings). When Georgia officials first notified the public that they would be canceling registrations, grassroots organizations got to work and proactively reached out to voters on that list. They were successful in reactivating several hundred registrations thanks to their efforts!
But, I get frustrated when I see that the bulk of the efforts to stay registered falls to grassroots efforts like these. Once a voter is registered, they should remain registered, whether or not they vote. Better yet, all citizens should be automatically registered at 18 and remain active on the voter rolls, until they pass away or commit a felony that strips them of that right.
I recognize that individual counties want to have clean voter rolls, and deceased voters or folks who have moved need to come off, but Republicans have weaponized voter purges to scoop up eligible voters and kick them off. Voting is our right as citizens and no one should have to face the hurdle of having to re-register, or worse, find out they’re no longer registered on Election Day when it might be too late to vote depending on what state you live in.
So please, take 2 minutes to check your voter registration status today by visiting your own state’s election website or by going to I Will Vote.
If you can spare 2 more minutes, write a social media post reminding people to check their registration by using one of the above websites.
Thank you for taking action!