State budgets are under more pressure than ever. Unfunded federal mandates and growing pension obligations crowd out state responsibilities like education and infrastructure investment. This leaves little to no room for the spending necessary to combat voter fraud and secure elections against hostile foreign governments like Russia, China, Iran, and North Korea.
Automated Verification and Registration (AVR) can fix that. With AVR, as eligible citizens provide their information to state government agencies such as the DMV, voter information is seamlessly shared with the state election agency—efficiently and accurately updating voter rolls.
AVR is an attractive policy for voters and lawmakers who value vote integrity, fiscal responsibility, national and state security, and federalism.
AVR makes the process of updating registrations and voter rolls easy and seamless.
Rather than relying on voters to register accurately and maintain their registrations as they move between precincts or across state lines, get married, etc., AVR seamlessly updates their information on the voting rolls. AVR ensures that each citizen will be voting in the appropriate elections well before Election Day. (Of course, citizens can always opt-out of registering to vote if they so choose.)
Modernization efforts like AVR save states money.
Implementation of AVR had a one-time cost to the state of Washington of about $280,000, but they saved $176,000 in the first two years alone. At the current rate, AVR will pay for itself in four years, while the savings continue. Maricopa County, Arizona, switched to an automated system and saved the equivalent cost of eight full-time employees. In Delaware, modernization saved over $200,000 in the first year alone.
AVR helps states protect their elections against foreign interference and hacking.
When states don’t have to devote time and resources to duplicative data entry and voter roll maintenance, they have more money and man-hours to spend on election security, including securing their elections infrastructure against foreign hacking. With fully digitized records, possible threats and vulnerabilities between states can be identified and addressed more easily.
AVR is a state-based policy reform, independent of the federal government.
Too many proposals for election security reform risk the federal government trampling on state responsibilities and powers. AVR and the interstate data-sharing system ERIC are of, by, and for the states, preserving federalism.
AVR is one policy reform that can make state legislators’ lives easier. It secures elections against interference from abroad and fraud from within, saves money in the long run, and doesn’t rely on “help” from the federal government. That’s why 20 states – red, blue, and purple – already use AVR.
For more detailed information on Automated Verification & Registration, see our AVR Policy Guide.