In Texas on June 4, Clinton spoke at Texas Southern Unversity in Houston, where she received a leadership award named for the late civil rights leader and congresswoman Barbara Jordan.
She used this speech as an opportunity to speak out against GOP-led efforts to restrict the right to vote, and to propose four major steps to expand voting rights and participation in the democratic process.
You can watch the entire speech here.

Policy Proposals:
Universal, automatic voter registration upon turning 18.
And I believe we should go even further to strengthen voting rights in America. So today I am calling for universal, automatic voter registration. Every citizen, every state in the Union. Everyone, every young man or young woman should be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18—unless they actively choose to opt out. But I believe this would have a profound impact on our elections and our democracy. Between a quarter and a third of all eligible Americans remain unregistered and therefore unable to vote.
Modernize and mobilize the voting registration process.
And we should modernize our entire approach to registration. The current system is a relic from an earlier age. It relies on a blizzard of paper records and it’s full of errors.
We can do better. We can make sure that registration rolls are secure, up to date, and complete. When you move, your registration should move with you. If you are an eligible vote and want to be registered, you should be a registered voter—period.
Now, Oregon is already leading the way modernizing its system, and the rest of the country should follow. The technology is there. States have a lot of the data already. It’s just a matter of syncing and streamlining.
Implement the recommendations of the Bipartisan Presidential Commission to Improve Voting.
Second, we should implement the recommendations of the bipartisan presidential commission to improve voting. That commission was chaired by President Obama’s campaign lawyer and by Governor Mitt Romney campaign’s lawyer. And they actually agreed. And they set forth common sense reforms, including expanding early, absentee, and mail voting. Providing online voter registration. Establishing the principle that no one should ever have to wait more than 30 minutes to cast your vote.
Set a nationwide standard of in-person voting for 20+ days.
Third, we should set a standard across our country of at least 20 days of early in-person voting everywhere—including opportunities for weekend and evening voting. If families coming out of church on Sunday before an election are inspired to go vote, they should be free to do just that. And we know that early in-person voting will reduce those long lines and give more citizens the chance to participate, especially those who have work or family obligations that make it difficult to get to the polls on Election Day.
It’s not just convenient—it’s also more secure, more reliable, and more affordable than absentee voting. So let’s get this done.
Revive policies originally proposed in her Count Every Vote Act: Restoration of felon voting rights; deceiving voters a federal crime; Election Day a Federal holiday.
That’s why, as a Senator, I championed a bill called the Count Every Vote Act. If it had become law, it would have made Election Day a federal holiday and mandated early voting opportunities. Deceiving voters, including by sending flyers into minority neighborhoods with false voting times and places, would have become a federal crime. And many Americans with criminal convictions who had paid their debts to society would have finally gotten their voting rights back.