Making Democracy Work

Automatic Voter Registration

In Short

The League of Women Voters of Maine, together with our national affiliate and sister Leagues across the country, support new mechanisms to assist in voter registration, including automatic voter registration (AVR). The League of Women Voters of Oregon, California, Alaska, and Connecticut were part of the coalitions driving AVR forward in their states, paying close attention to bill language to ensure that the new systems of registration did not negatively impact underrepresented communities. We support provisions and safeguards to ensure that all eligible Americans can participate in AVR and that those who are not eligible to vote are not wrongly brought into the system by government action.

More Detail

During the first session of the 128th Legislature, the League joined partners at the ACLU, AARP, MCCE, and others to support LD 1232 An Act To Require the Secretary of State To Automatically Register Nonregistered Persons Who Are Qualified To Vote through Records of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. You can read out testimony here. This bill got an unfavorable vote in committee with objections from the Secretary of States office and later died on the floor of the Senate.

We hope for a better outcome in the 129th.