Sending Office: Honorable Brendan F. Boyle
Tomorrow is National Voter Registration Day!
Cosponsor the Citizenship Empowerment Act
to require the provision of voter registration forms at all naturalization ceremonies
Endorsed by: Common Cause
Yvette Clarke, Joe Crowley*, Adriano Espaillat, Gene Green, Luis Gutiérrez, Brian Higgins, Zoe Lofgren, Eleanor Holmes Norton, Jan Schakowsky, Adam Smith, Eric Swalwell
I invite you to cosponsor my legislation, H.R. 3113, the Citizenship Empowerment Act, to require that all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens are uniformly provided voter registration forms
at naturalization ceremonies.
Providing a new citizen with a voter registration form at a naturalization ceremony is currently allowed, but not required by federal law. As such, only some state and local election
officials provide voter registration materials to newly sworn-in citizens. Because of the lack of uniformity, one new U.S. citizen can be sworn-in at one location and immediately given the opportunity to register to vote, while another may have to jump through
hoops to track down the necessary paperwork. My bill would (1) require officials to provide voter registration forms in the citizenship packets provided to all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens at all naturalization sites, and (2) allow election officials to set
up informational tables outside naturalization ceremonies if they so choose.
Voter participation is essential to a truly representative democracy. We should make it easier, not harder, for citizens to register to vote whenever possible.
To cosponsor this legislation, please contact Helena Mastrogianis at
Brendan F. Boyle
Member of Congress
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