Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. Needs Automatic Voter Registration

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Pa. Needs Automatic Voter Registration

Article excerpt

I watch my neighbors create positive change year-round: They volunteer to shovel sidewalks for seniors and swap tomato-growing tips at the community garden. These are the actions that create and sustain a community, but the largest and most impactful changes we make begin at the ballot box. Every vote is a voice, and missing a chance to register shouldn't stop someone from using it on Election Day.

My bill, part of the Your Vote Counts legislative package, would automatically register people to vote when they interact with PennDOT, the state departments of health or human services or any other state agency. Basically, any interaction with a state service would give you the opportunity to easily register to vote - unless you decide to opt out.

Results from across the country have already shown that a secure system of automatic registration will save money, increase voter roll accuracy and boost voter participation. …

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