Set It and Forget It: How Default Settings Rule the World

Automatic voter registration gives people the decision to opt-out of being registered to vote instead of opting-in at the DMV; in this process, it will change our default understanding of voter registration. It has the potential to revolutionize voting rolls and voting behavior in the United States as it becomes our default setting. iVote has gone on the offensive to push automatic voter registration bills throughout the United States. You can read more about how default settings impact our lives everyday in the article below.

From ProPublico

By Lena Groeger

"Defaults are the settings that come out of the box, the selections you make on your computer by hitting enter, the assumptions that people make unless you object, the options easily available to you because you haven’t changed them.

They might not seem like much, but defaults (and their designers) hold immense power – they make decisions for us that we’re not even aware of making. Consider the fact that most people never change the factory settings on their computer, the default ringtone on their phones, or the default temperature in their fridge..."

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Another state passes Automatic Voter Registration

Great news out of Vermont today: The Green Mountain State just became the fourth in the nation to pass Automatic Voter Registration. Can you feel the momentum? 

Automatic Voter Registration laws remove barriers to voting and make it possible for more Americans to have their voices heard on Election Day. Simply put, laws like the one Vermont just passed make our democracy more democratic. 

Four states is great, but it’s far from enough.

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375% increase in new voters

We just heard some amazing news out of Oregon:

Since a new voter registration law was implemented on January 1st, more than 15,000 Oregonians have been added to the voter rolls.

Before the new law, the state registered around 2,000 new voters each month. Now, that number's increased by 375% to 7,500 per month.

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Let's Do This

Over the past two years, iVote has been working to secure voting rights and expand access to voting for all Americans.

And that hard work is starting to pay off. iVote was proud to play a role in helping pass Automatic Voter Registration into law in California last October.

It’s a game changer.

When fully implemented, the new law will automatically register nearly seven million Californians who are currently eligible but unregistered. It will also register every new California citizen going forward, when they get or renew their license or state ID.

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Elizabeth Warren backs automatic voter registration

Over the past few months, we've been talking to voters about their experiences, analyzing voting data, and researching best practices for voter registration worldwide. 

There is one common denominator in all of our conversations with supporters like you: The voter registration process is confusing.

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This is a Game Changer

I hope you've heard the news that we're focusing on Automatic Voter Registration for 2016 and beyond -- I'm fired up.

Here's why: Automatic Voter Registration would mean that every eligible voter would be on the rolls, automatically. So no more need to worry about deadlines or fill out any forms. Eligible voters would be able to just show up to the polls on Election Day to fulfill their civic duty.

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