Five Ways to Register to Vote Online!

Did you know that . . .

– one in four eligible citizens isn’t registered to vote?

– it only takes an average of two minutes to register to vote online?

Get started now!  Here are 5 easy ways:

 

  1. Visit vote411.org to register now.

https://www.vote411.org/register

Each state makes its own voting and election rules, including when and how to register.

Online voter registration is available for 40 states and the District of Columbia.

sought to you by the League of Women Voters, vote411.org is also a one-stop-shop for election-related information,

providing nonpartisan info to the public. Register to vote, find candidate information, & much more

 

  1. Visit usa.gov to register to vote online.

https://www.usa.gov/register-to-vote

This official U.S. government site also provides information on how change your voter registration, confirm you’re registered to vote, and get a voter registration card.

It also includes  a guide for the new voter and provides voter registration age requirements and voter registration deadlines.

 

  1. Visit vote.gov to register to vote online.

https://www.vote.org/register-to-vote/

This official U.S government provides resoruces on voting on election day, voter ID requirements and the election process.

Check your Registration

Register to Vote

Vote by Mail

Get Election Reminders

Pledge to Register

 

  1. Visit headcount.org to register to vote online.

https://www.headcount.org/state/

https://www.headcount.org/registertovote/

HeadCount is a non-partisan organization that uses the power of music to register voters and promote participation in democracy. We reach young people and music fans where they already are – at concerts and online – to inform and empower.

 

  1. Use Rock the Vote’s Online Voter Registration Tool to register to vote online:

Rock the Vote is a nonpartisan nonprofit dedicated to buiding the political power of young people. For 30 years, Rock the Vote has revolutionized the way we use pop culture, music, art, and technology to engage young people in politics and build our collective power. https://www.rockthevote.org.

 

 

About Online Voter Registration

 

https://www.brennancenter.org/issues/ensure-every-american-can-vote

One in four voters isn’t registered to vote.

Outdated voter registration systems contribute to the United States’ low participation rates. Automatic voter registration could put every eligible voter on the rolls and give more Americans a voice. 

The United States has one of the lowest voter turnout rates among developed nations. 

That’s at least partly due to our outdated voter registration systems. Too often, voters show up to the polls to find their names are not on the rolls. Nearly a quarter of eligible voters are not registered to vote, and about one in eight registration records is invalid or has serious errors. 

Automatic voter registration (AVR) makes registering “opt-out” instead of “opt-in.” Eligible citizens who interact with government agencies, such as the Department of Motor Vehicles, are registered to vote or have their existing registration information updated automatically, unless they actively decline. The voter’s information is transmitted to election officials electronically rather than via paper registration forms. These cost-effective reforms increase registration rates and clean up the voter rolls.

AVR is gaining momentum across the country. In the past five years, 19 states and the District of Columbia have adopted AVR, and research from the Brennan Center has found it has successfully increased voter registration rates where implemented. 

Additional reforms needed to modernize our voting registration process include:

  • Online access: Voters can register, check, and update their registration records through a secure and accessible online portal.
  • Same day registration: Eligible citizens can correct errors on the rolls or register before and on Election Day.

 

National Council of State Legislators: Overview of online voter registration

https://www.ncsl.org/research/elections-and-campaigns/electronic-or-online-voter-registration.aspx

 

Still not convinced your vote matters?
What’s at risk when you choose not to vote:
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NUMBER ONE:

Congress established the Department of Justice in 1870, overseen by the attorney general, to protect civil rights in the southern states after state legislators and state law enforcement officers refused to treat their Black neighbors as equals. If the states would not honor the principle of equality before the law, the federal government would. 

The importance of federal protections for equal rights is today’s central story. 

Today, Attorney General Merrick Garland announced federal charges against four Louisville, Kentucky, police officers in the death of Breonna Taylor in 2020. Taylor was killed in a raid on March 13, 2020, in her apartment after law enforcement officers broke in looking for a drug suspect while she and her boyfriend, Kenneth Walker, slept. 

When the police broke in, Walker fired a single shot from his handgun—which he owned legally—hitting an officer in the thigh. Officers shot back, firing 32 times. Six shots hit Taylor.

This morning, the FBI arrested 40-year-old former Metro Police detective Joshua Jaynes, who lied on the search warrant for the raid and was subsequently fired. Sergeant Kyle Meany, 35; Officer Kelly Hanna Goodlett, 35; and former detective Brett Hankison, 46; were also charged with offenses including, variously, lying on the search warrant and obstructing investigators. 

Jaynes, Meany, and Goodlett are charged with lying to get the search warrant for Taylor’s apartment, thus violating Taylor’s Fourth Amendment protection from unreasonable search and seizure.. 

Hankison was charged with reckless gunfire that endangered Taylor’s neighbors and with using “unconstitutionally excessive force.” He, too, was fired from the department after bullets from his gun, shot randomly into Taylor’s apartment, went through the walls into the neighboring apartment. A Jefferson County jury acquitted him on state charges of wanton endangerment earlier this year. He was the only officer previously charged in Taylor’s death. State attorney general Daniel Cameron’s office did not recommend charges against any others, and Cameron said the grand jury chose not to indict other officers. Some jurors later said that was not true.

The Justice Department did not charge the officers whose shots hit Taylor because they did not know the search warrant was based on false statements.

The Department of Justice is also suing the state of Idaho to protect abortion rights. In 2020, state legislators passed a so-called trigger law to go into effect if—and now, when—the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade. The Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health decision of June means the new law will go into effect later this month, creating an almost total ban on abortion. The Justice Department is suing on the grounds that a federal law, the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTLA), requires any hospital that takes Medicare money to “provide medical treatment necessary to stabilize that condition before transferring or discharging the patient,” thus requiring doctors to treat patients with ectopic pregnancies or other emergency medical issues.

Idaho attorney general Lawrence Wasden said the lawsuit was “politically motivated,” but Garland pointed out that with the Dobbs ruling, the Supreme Court turned the issue of abortion over to the people’s elected representatives and that Congress, which passed the EMTLA, certainly qualified. Garland pointed to the supremacy clause of the Constitution, which directs that federal laws take precedence over state laws, as proof of the justice of the government’s position. 

The supremacy clause reads: “This Constitution, and the Laws of the United States which shall be made in Pursuance thereof; and all Treaties made, or which shall be made, under the Authority of the United States, shall be the supreme Law of the Land; and the Judges in every State shall be bound thereby, any thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”

But as journalist Brian Tyler Cohen noted today, the people who killed Breonna Taylor “wouldn’t have been charged and arrested if Trump won in 2020. Voting has consequences.” He meant that presidents choose the attorney general in charge of the Department of Justice, and their appointees are not always dedicated to the law.  [Boldface added]

NUMBER TWO:

The truth of Cohen’s statement showed today when in a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, FBI director Christopher Wray told Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) that the Trump White House oversaw the background investigation of then–Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. The more than 4500 tips about him sent to an FBI hotline were separated out and sent to the White House without investigation, and the FBI interviewed only the people the White House asked them to. They completed a supplemental background check in four days after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault, and they did not interview either him or the woman who publicly accused him.

Wray insisted this sort of limitation is standard practice under both Republican and Democratic presidencies, but an examination last year suggests that the memorandum of understanding on which Wray apparently relied does not give the White House the power to limit such investigations.

NUMBER THREE:

The dangers of a justice system under the control of one man became clear today when a Russian court sentenced American women’s basketball star Brittney Griner to 9.5 years in a penal colony for drug smuggling after authorities allegedly found less than a gram of cannabis oil in her luggage. Griner was arrested on March 6, just ten days after Russia invaded Ukraine, and her arrest, conviction, and sentence appear to be a way to pressure the U.S. administration.

NUMBER FOUR:

Biden’s Justice Department does, in fact, appear to be adhering to the idea that we must all be equal before the law. An exclusive story from CNN today said that Trump’s lawyers are in talks with the Department of Justice about a criminal probe of his efforts to overturn the 2020 election. But, as legal analyst Teri Kanefield points out, the leak of this information is almost certainly coming from the Trump camp, which seems to think an indictment might be coming and wants to get out in front of the story. Kanefield might well be right. Tonight, Fox News Channel host Laura Ingraham, who was in contact with Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows during the January 6 crisis, ran a graphic suggesting the Department of Justice was playing politics rather than defending the law. It said: “If you can’t beat him, indict him.”

SOURCE:

Letters from an American, Heather Scott Richardson

August 4, 2022

https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/

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“The central fact of American civilization—one so hard for others to understand—is that freedom and justice and the dignity of man are not just words to us. We believe in them. Under all the growth and the tumult and abundance, we believe. And so, as long as some among us are oppressed—and we are part of that oppression—it must blunt our faith and sap the strength of our high purpose.”

— Lyndon B. Johnson, on the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1965