Tomorrow, marks the 23rd anniversary of one of the League’s greatest victories ever—the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), or the so-called “Motor Voter” law.
And I’m asking you to help us celebrate in the best way possible: by making this landmark law even stronger.
Here’s the quick back story: the NVRA requires that voter registration be made available whenever citizens interact with a wide variety of government programs—including federal-run health insurance exchanges set up under the Affordable Care Act. Most state-run health care exchanges are complying with the law, but, inexplicably, Americans applying for health insurance in the more than 30 states that use federal-run exchanges are NOT given an opportunity to register. By some estimates, this failure has already cost 1.7 million lost voter registrations.
And that’s something our democracy cannot afford, especially when voters’ rights are already under pressure from onerous new laws making it tougher to register and vote in some states.
It’s the perfect way to celebrate one of the League’s great victories.