Former vice president Al GoreAlbert (Al) Arnold GoreKlain on Harris breaking the tie: ‘Every time she votes, we win’ Al Jazeera launches a conservative media platform Exclusive excerpt from ‘Lucky’: A black woman’s vote on the Supreme Court was the point of Biden inflection MORE He advocated for better access to the vote this week, saying that all American citizens should automatically register to vote.
“This is really anti-American,” Gore said during an appearance on “CNN Tonight with Don Lemon” on Monday as he discussed the GOP’s efforts to impose tighter voting restrictions, including limiting absentee voting.
“It is a naked effort to try to suppress the black, brown and indigenous votes,” said the former Democratic vice president.
Gore argued that the United States benefits when more people with varied experiences and perspectives are given a voice, and rejects efforts to limit absentee voting amid other restrictions.
“There is no record of electoral fraud. One or two small cases from time to time,” he declared.
“We must invite everyone to the voting booth and get everyone involved to help guide this nation.”
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The left-leaning Brennan Center for Justice said last month that lawmakers in dozens of states have pushed forward this year with bills that seek to limit voting.
Gore emphasized Monday that instead of making voting more difficult, especially for underserved populations, the United States should take other steps to expand access to the vote.
“We should vote on weekends instead of Tuesdays, on a business day,” said Gore, who launched a national voter registration campaign in partnership with the Climate Reality Action Fund in 2020.
Democrats have long lobbied for automatic voter registration, with several states, including New York, New Mexico, Nevada and Massachusetts, passing measures to allow the practice in recent years. These automatic voter registration measures are modeled around an “opt-out” system rather than a “voluntary participation” plan.
Hawaii advanced a measure last month that would allow people eligible to vote to automatically register when applying for a driver’s license or state identification card.