Al Gore advocates for automatically registering citizens to vote

Al Gore advocates for automatically registering citizens to vote
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Former Vice President Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreOvernight Energy: Biden seeks to reassert US climate leadership | President to 'repeal or replace' Trump decision removing protections for Tongass | Administration proposes its first offshore wind lease sale The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Bipartisan group reaches infrastructure deal; many questions remain Al Gore lobbied Biden to not scale back climate plans in infrastructure deal MORE argued for improved voting access this week, saying every U.S. citizen should be automatically registered to vote.

"This is really and truly un-American," Gore said during an appearance on "CNN Tonight with Don Lemon" on Monday while discussing GOP efforts to imposing greater voting restrictions, including limiting absentee voting.

"It is a naked effort to try and suppress Black, brown and indigenous votes," the former Democratic vice president asserted.


Gore argued the U.S. benefits when more people with varied experiences and perspectives are given a say, and pushed back on efforts to limit absentee voting, amid other restrictions.

"There's no record of voter fraud. One or two little cases every once in a while," he declared.

"We ought to invite everyone in to the voting booth and have everyone take part in helping to guide this nation," he added.

Republicans in various states have criticized absentee voting and advanced new restrictions following claims of voter fraud made by former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump DOJ demanded metadata on 73 phone numbers and 36 email addresses, Apple says Putin says he's optimistic about working with Biden ahead of planned meeting Biden meets Queen Elizabeth for first time as president MORE and others during the 2020 presidential election.

The left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice said last month that legislators in dozens of states have pressed forward this year with bills seeking to limit voting.

Gore emphasized Monday that instead of making voting more difficult, especially for marginalized populations, the U.S. should take other steps to expand voting access.


"We ought to have voting on weekends instead of on Tuesday, on a work day," said Gore, who launched a national voter registration campaign in partnership with the Climate Reality Action Fund in 2020.

Democrats have long pushed for automatic voter registration, with several states, including New YorkNew MexicoNevada and Massachusetts passing measures to allow the practice in recent years. These automatic voter registration measures are modeled around an "opt-out" system instead of an "opt-in" plan.

Hawaii advanced a measure last month that would allow those eligible to vote to automatically be registered when they apply for a driver’s license or state identification card.