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&Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law1Election Reform Gains in 2015

Wendy WeiserDirector, Democracy ProgramNovember 12, 2015

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law2Who We Are Nonprofit VOTEBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of LawFounded in 2005, Nonprofit VOTE partners with America's nonprofits to help the people they serve participate and vote.

We are a leading source of nonpartisan training, materials and other resources for nonprofits doing voter engagement work.

Find out more about our mission and partners on our site www.nonprofitvote.org

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law3Democracy and justice

Think tank, advocacy group, public interest law firm, communications hub

Policy initiatives and reportsLegislation, testimony, coalition workLegal representation and amicus briefsMedia work

Who We Are Brennan Center for JusticeBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of LawBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law4Wendy WeiserDirector, Democracy ProgramBrennan Center for JusticeNYU School of LawTodays SpeakerBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

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* Lawsuits pending ***States With New Voting Restrictions Since 2010 ElectionBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law6Vote Restriction Legislation, 2013-15

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law7Expansive Voting Legislation, 2013-1548 states bills introduced26 states laws enacted

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law8Expansive Voting LegislationModernize voter registrationAutomaticElectronicOnlineEDR and SDRPre-registrationEarly votingRights restorationExpand ID

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law9Breakthrough: Automatic Registration Oregon California New Jersey

Photo: ThinkstockBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law10How Automatic Registration WorksDesignated government agenciesPaperless and seamless Opt-out

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law11Impact of Automatic RegistrationBoost registration ratesReduce errorsAllow groups and campaigns to focus on issues and mobilization

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law12Increased Registration from Electronic Registration

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Automatic Registration Gaining Momentum

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law14Automatic Registration Increasingly PopularCA Democratic Congressional DelegationAttorney General Kamala D. HarrisCA Association of Clerks and Election OfficialsAlameda County Board of SupervisorsAsian Americans Advancing JusticeCA Democratic PartyCA Environmental Justice AllianceCA Labor FederationCALPIRGCA School Employees AssociationCA State Council of SEIUCA Teachers AssociationCA Teamsters Public Affairs CouncilCenter on Race, Poverty, & the EnvironmentCommunications Workers of America, AFL-CIO District 9League of Women Voters of C.A L.A. County Board of SupervisorsSacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown Natural Resources Defense CouncilRepresentative Barbara LeeSierra ClubState Building and Construction Trades CouncilThe Pew Charitable Trusts Election InitiativesLetters in support of CA law:Presidential candidate platforms:Hillary ClintonBernie SandersMartin OMalleyBrennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law15Fully Modern RegistrationAutomatic (and electronic) registrationOnline registrationPortable registrationSame- and Election Day registration or other failsafePhoto: Flickr

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law16Electronic Registration

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law17Online Registration

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law18Online Registration, contdPopular and can be used to boost registrationSmartphone compatible in 9 states Partnership with groups in CALimited to DMV ID holders in all but 3 states (DE, MN, MO)Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law19Same- and Election Day Registration

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law20Impact of Same-Day RegistrationFocus on mobilizationImprove turnout by 5-7% Portability 1 in 9 Americans move each year1 in 3 unregistered Americans dropped off rolls because they movedLearn state requirements

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law21Early Voting ChangesAvailable in some form in 33 statesBenefits for voters and officialsSince 2012:Setbacks in WI, NC, and NEProgress in FL, MD, and MATiming and process varies

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law22Rights Restoration After Criminal Conviction 2015 Reform in VA, veto in MDProgress in 20 states in last 20 years, 6 states in last 5 yearsStates to watch: MD and KYIA, KY, and FL have lifetime disenfranchisement Rules in all 50: http://www.brennancenter.org/sites/default/files/publications/images/RTV%20Map%2010.19.15.pdf

Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law23Learn Morewww.brennancenter.org State-by-state voting guides http://www.brennancenter.org/student-voting http://www.866ourvote.org/pages/voter-education-materialsVoter registration modernization https://www.brennancenter.org/voter-registration-modernizationState-by-state voter registration reform https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/voter-registration-modernization-states Voting Laws Roundups https://www.brennancenter.org/analysis/voting-laws-roundup-2015

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wendy.weiser@nyu.edu

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