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CURRENT COSPONSORS (31): Beatty, Boyle, Cohen, Connolly, Cooper, DeFazio, DeGette, Eshoo, Espaillat, Gomez, Jackson Lee, Langevin, Lawrence, Lipinski, Lowenthal, S. Maloney, McNerney, Nadler, Pallone, Price, Rouda,
Ryan, Schakowsky, Schiff, B. Scott, Suozzi, Swalwell, Tonko, Torres, Watson Coleman, Welch.

Dear Colleague:

There is nothing more essential to our democracy than the right to vote.  It is indeed, the very basic tenet of self-government. Yet, in 2016, at least 32.6 million eligible Americans were not registered to vote, and thus unable to cast a ballot. The expansion
of voting rights is a top priority in the 116th Congress.  That is why I will be reintroducing the Automatic Voter Registration Act, and I ask that you join me as an original cosponsor.

According to the Federal Highway Administration, approximately 87 percent of driving age Americans possess a driver’s license, and 89 percent of Americans possess a government issued ID according to the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School
of Law.  The Automatic Voter Registration Act would require state motor vehicle registries to submit identifying information of individuals who obtain services from the registry to the state’s election official, who will automatically register all eligible
individuals to vote in federal elections.  This bill would provide individuals with the opportunity to opt out of having their names added to voter lists, and would ensure that any and all information that is shared with election officials is used solely for
the purpose of determining an individual’s eligibility to vote.

This bill is nearly identical to H.R. 2840, which I introduced in the 115th Congress,
and had the support of 148 cosponsors.  We have made two changes to this bill which are intended to increase the number of voters registered:

  1. This version, in addition to applying to all 50 U.S. States and the District of Columbia, will apply U.S. territories as well.
  2. This version will include a “lookback provision” which will require state election officials to apply the registration provisions within this bill to all voting eligible citizens who have obtained services from motor vehicle registries up to
    two years prior to the enactment of this legislation.

Please help make voter registration as fast and uncomplicated as possible by becoming an original cosponsor of the Automatic Voter Registration Act.  If you would like to be added, please contact Matt McGinn (



David N. Cicilline

Member of Congress

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