ICYMI: Automatic Voter Registration Webinar

Participation in our democracy must include all of us.

That’s why NextGen Policy and election experts held a virtual discussion on what lessons California can learn from a Colorado case study which increased voter registration rates and enhanced the integrity of their election system by updating to a “Back-end” Automatic Voter Registration format.

California – along with a majority of states – could take a giant step toward removing this barrier to a more inclusive democracy by upgrading to a fully automatic, “back-end” voter registration system. Colorado was the first state to make the upgrade from a California-style partially automatic, “front-end” voter registration system to a fully automatic “back-end” system. New data out of Colorado suggests that the registration and pre-registration rate at the DMV could jump significantly if California makes the switch. There are also numerous other benefits to adopting a back-end AVR system.

Speakers include:

  • Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold
  • Stanford Professor Justin Grimmer
  • CHIRLA Deputy Director of Civic Engagement Karen Diaz
  • NextGen Policy Advisor Amy Hamblin

This discussion was moderated by Neal Ubriani, Policy and Research Director for the Institute for Responsive Government.