Building the voting system for all Americans
America is a big, brilliantly diverse nation that sets the pace for the world.
So why is our voting system better fit for 19th century white landowners?
When a modern nation holds outdated elections, it wastes millions of dollars, undermines voter confidence, and denies a ton of eligible citizens their sacred right to democracy.
Democracy Done Right is about fixing all that. The campaign is based on a simple idea: Every citizen should be automatically registered to vote, get to cast their ballot in a secure, accessible way that fits their needs, and never ever have their right to vote taken away for any reason.
An election system for modern America
Every eligible citizen is registered and up-to-date.
- Automatically register every eligible citizen at state agencies like the DMV.
- Automatically update voters’ addresses when they move.
- Let citizens register and update online.
- Allow pre-registration starting at age 16.
- Give citizens a secure opportunity to register & vote on Election Day.
- Guaranteed full-service voter registration on college campuses.
Every eligible citizen can choose the best voting option for them.
- Mail every voter a ballot, with return postage paid & lots of convenient drop boxes.
- Voters can cast ballots anywhere in their county at user-optimized vote centers.
- Voters have a few weeks of early vote, including on Saturday and Sunday.
- In-person voting locations are convenient for all voters, including having voting locations on college campuses.
No citizen ever loses their voting rights.
- Legal history has no effect on a citizen’s right to vote.
- Politicians are blocked from enacting policies that curtail the right to vote.
How we’re making it happen
The Alliance turns ideal, innovative reforms like Automatic Voter Registration into viral, inevitable policies across the nation.
Helping pro-voter policies spread
We give local organizations tools and support to spread pro-voter policies between communities. These wins move the middle on voting rights so reforms that were once longshots move to the top of the agenda.
Working with local election administrators
We lay the groundwork for great reforms by working with local election administrators to protect and expand convenient youth voting options, regardless of who controls the state government.
All the while, we protect the progress of our foremothers and forefathers by lifting up local youth organizing power to block federal voting restrictions with in-state political pressure and cover to hold the line on voting rights.
Big Wins For Democracy Done Right
America’s First Automatic Voter Registration Law
Starting in 2009, our affiliate Next Up began a campaign to register voters automatically at state agencies like the DMV. In 2015, they won – sparking a series of AVR reforms around the country.
“During the 2008 election, the Bus Project registered 23,000 new voters [but] couldn’t stop thinking about all the people it didn’t reach. After the election, the group’s organizers sat down and thought about how to get rid of voter registration as it currently exists.” – The Nation Magazine
Early Online Voter Registration Laws
Over a decade ago, affiliates New Era Colorado and Next Up helped trigger a new wave of online voter registration victories that helped make it the mainstream policy of today.
Bringing Election Day Voter Registration & Online Voter Registration to Illinois
Taking on an entrenched political machine that made Illinois’s elections among the most famously corrupt in the country, affiliate Chicago Votes led a winning coalition for big pro-voter reforms.
Keeping Student Polling Places on College Campuses
As the right to vote has come under attack in the country, affiliates Forward Montana, MOVE San Antonio, Next Up, and New Era Colorado have successfully preserved on-campus access to the ballot.
“Gallatin County Commission voted unanimously Tuesday to move the election precinct covering most of Montana State University from a church off campus to a gym on campus [prompted] when Forward Montana staff, a progressive civic engagement group, began to criticize voters’ accessibility to the county’s southern polling location…” – Bozeman Daily Chronicle
Voter Pre-Registration for 16 and 17-year-olds
Allowing high-school aged Americans to pre-register to vote is one of the most effective ways to create lifelong voters. Which is why affiliates New Era Colorado & the Next Up fought for & won it.
Get in the Fight
Start organizing your AVR campaign today
Learn how Automatic Voter Registration transformed registration and turnout in Oregon
Take action and use the Automatic Voter Registration Activist Toolkit to start organizing
We can see the voting system America deserves. We can almost taste it. It’s just over that mountain! But we need your help to get there.
If you’re interested in joining or supporting the Democracy Done Right campaign, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.