Eliminate burdensome voting restrictions

Eliminate Burdensome Voting Restrictions:

  • Eliminate or simplify voter ID laws:Voter ID laws are not necessary for preventing fraud. Currently, 15 states do not require voter identification and none of these states have experienced widespread voter fraud.[1]If states do not want to remove ID requirements altogether, however, they should standardize issuance of state ID cards to ensure that all eligible voters have an acceptable form of ID. For example, states could issue a state ID card to all residents when they turn 18.
  • Expand early and absentee voting options and same-day registration:37 states and the District of Columbia have already implemented early voting and all-purpose absentee voting, which allows any voter to request an absentee ballot for any reason. States that have not already done so should adopt all-purpose absentee voting and expand early voting periods to at least two weeks before an election. States can also ease access to voting by allowing voters to register at the polls on Election Day, a practice currently in place in ten states and the District of Columbia.
  • Prevent voter roll purges: States should enact legislation to prevent the automatic purging of voters from state voter rolls. Removing a voter from the rolls should require a transparent procedure and specific evidence showing that the voter is ineligible, and an opportunity for the voter to contest the evidence and proposed removal.
  • Ensure equitable access to polling places: Polling places should be set up so as to minimize distance traveled and wait times, with special attention to minority communities that have been denied access to polling places in the past.
  • Reinstate voting rights for individuals with felony convictions:Florida voters approved a ballot measure in 2018 to restore voting rights to ex-felons who have completed their sentences, re-enfranchising 1.4 million voters. The twelve remaining states that deny the voting rights of people with felony convictions for some period after completing their sentences should follow Florida’s lead.
 

[1]“Voter Identification Requirements,” National Conference of State Legislatures,

http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/voter-id.aspx.