Making the Voting Process User-Friendly
Cumbersome registration systems and complex election rules frustrate voters, reduce participation, and waste money. Election rules can and should be designed with real people in mind. Reducing unnecessary burdens and logistical headaches for voters simplifies the path to participation.
Automate voter registration
When a clearly eligible U.S. Citizen interacts with the DMV,Medicaid, or another agency that verifies eligibility, the person’s information should be automatically shared with election officials. The person can then be given an opportunity to decline registration, if they wish, or stay on the rolls.
Use address data to keep registrations up-to-date and clean voter lists
If a registered voter provides a new address to the DMV or another state agency, election officials should automatically update the person’s voter registration and provide the person notice of the change. This saves the voter time and ensures that election mail (including mail ballots) reaches the voter as intended.
Online Voter Registration
All eligible voters should have a way to submit registration applications and changes online, instead of through a clunky paper form. Likewise, third-party registration drives should be able to submit forms electronically by using an application programming interface (API).
Mail Ballot Tracking
Using intelligent mail barcodes from the postal service allows voters to track the location and status of mail ballots. With these systems, voters can be alerted of any problems with the ballot and given a clear and efficient way to correct an issue.