Democrat Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren sent a letter Wednesday to the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Xavier Becerra, demanding that HHS allow Americans to register to vote when they apply for health insurance, The Hill reported.
Warren argued that HHS could best help low-income Americans register to vote because of the department’s routine interactions with Americans who live below the poverty line, according to The Hill. She called for this action on the premise that low-income voters are unfairly disadvantaged when it comes to voting.
“Voter registration is the most significant barrier to voting for low-income Americans and communities of color,” Warren wrote in her letter to HHS. “HHS interacts with these communities annually through HealthCare.gov and can and should offer its users the opportunity to register to vote.”
The letter was sent requesting an update on the department’s handling of Biden’s executive order calling for the head of each agency to develop a plan to “promote voter registration and participation.”
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“The American Civil Liberties Union and Dēmos have offered HHS comprehensive guidance on how it may consider executing on its commitment to add voter registration to HealthCare.gov,” Warren wrote in her letter.
The guidance referred to by Warren called for government agencies to integrate voter registration into “all relevant agency transactions,” as well as regular training of staff to provide “effective voter registration services at your agency,” according to a presentation created by both groups.
Included in the presentation were suggested strategies to ensure voters using these services would be able to fill out these applications effectively and accurately. The presentation went on to suggest that members of the departments’ staff should ensure that “the fields in the voter registration application, and how to ensure that the voter registration application is filled out and legible.”
Members of Congress wrote a letter to the Biden administration in March condemning Biden’s executive order, according to Fox News.
In the letter, Republican members of Congress aruged the initiative was in conflict with Article 1, Section 4, of the United States Constitution which guarantees the right of individual states to make and enforce electoral laws.
Six other senators signed the letter, including Democratic Hawaii Sen. Mazie K. Hirono and Democratic Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal.