BOYLE REINTRODUCES CITIZENSHIP EMPOWERMENT ACT
WASHINGTON, DC – Congressman Brendan F. Boyle (PA-02) today introduced legislation to require that all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens be uniformly provided voter registration forms at naturalization ceremonies, making it easier for them to exercise their fundamental right as a citizen: the right to vote.
“We are a nation of immigrants, but in far too many places, some of our newest American citizens face insurmountable hurdles when it comes to casting a vote in an election,” said Congressman Boyle. “Our democracy relies on participation. Once anyone becomes eligible to vote as a citizen, we should make it as easy as possible for that person to register. No citizen should ever have to face barriers or complicated processes that only serve to suppress a vote. This bill will ensure that as new Americans are sworn-in during naturalization ceremonies, they will have all of the resources they need to exercise their right to vote before they ever leave the courthouse.”
“Many immigrants to the United States fought and died for the right to vote,” said Aaron Scherb, director of legislative affairs at Common Cause. “Ensuring that new American citizens can fully participate and have a voice in our democracy is a common sense reform, and Common Cause commends Representative Boyle for introducing the Citizenship Empowerment Act.”
Currently, only some state and local election officials provide such materials to newly sworn-in citizens. Congressman Boyle’s “Citizenship Empowerment Act” would require officials to provide voter registration forms in the citizenship packets provided to all newly sworn-in U.S. citizens, and would also allow election officials to set up informational tables outside naturalization ceremonies.