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Center for American Progress Releases Report “Increasing Voter Participation in America”

On July 11th, the Center for American (CAP) released a comprehensive report regarding voting participation in America, the conditions that are contributing to low voter turnout, and the tools and initiatives states can use to increase voter participation. This report looks recognizes the barriers and conditions that exist for many populations including the disability community, communities of color, young people, low-income Americans, and formerly incarcerated persons.  

CAP makes several recommendations on improving voter participation and reducing the barriers that currently exist for millions of Americans who are eligible to vote: 

  • Streamline voter registration with automatic voter registration, same-day voter registration (SDR), preregistration of 16- and 17-year-olds, and online voter registration 
  • Make voting more convenient with in-person early voting, no-excuse absentee voting, and vote-at-home with vote centers 
  • Provide sufficient resources in elections and ensure voting is accessible 
  • Restore rights for formerly incarcerated people 
  • Strengthen civics education in schools 
  • Invest in integrated voter engagement (IVE) and outreach 

You can read the entire report over at Center for American Progress. Thank you to CAP for their continued commitment to recognizing and including the disability community in its research.  

 

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