Bicameral Legislation Introduced to Help Federally Assisted Renters Register to Vote after Moving

Representative Nikema Williams (D-GA) and Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) introduced on May 25 the “Voters on the Move Registration Act,” a bill that would make it easier for low-income tenants to register to vote after changing addresses. The bill would require the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and Election Assistance Commission to create a standardized statement included with leases and vouchers for federally assisted housing that would inform tenants about their voting rights and how they can register to vote at their new address.

In a press release for the bill, NLIHC President and CEO Diane Yentel stated, “The strength of our democracy depends, in part, on eliminating persistent voter disparities for low-income renters, who frequently face greater barriers to voting. One reason renters vote at lower rates than homeowners is because renters move more frequently, and they have to update their voter registration at each new address. This bill directly addresses this challenge, and it will make it easier for renters living in federally assisted housing to participate in elections.”

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