Democracy in a Mobile America

Democracy in a Mobile America

July 24, 2009
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High rates of geographic mobility in the United States, combined with requirements for re-registration that often accompany an address change, contribute significantly to America's low rates of voter registration and turnout.

As this briefing paper shows, people of color, low-income people and the young are more likely to move in America's already highly mobile society, and are among the least likely to be registered or to turnout to vote. Straightforward policies like automatic voter registration, voter registration at public agencies, and Same Day Registration can help ensure that the move to a new home, for a new job, or for schooling does not result in a lost opportunity to vote.