Three states have now made voter registration automatic. New Mexico could be number 4. Thirty-ninestates automatically register men who get a driver's license for a military draft. They could easily allow people to register to vote. Shouldn't actual democracy be as high a priority as signing up people to kill in the name of "democracy"?
With automatic voter registration -- an opt-out optioninstead of "jump through hoops to register," as required in many states -- nobody is required to vote or even be registered. Rather, a government that already knows who we are through motor vehicle and other departments simply allows us to vote. (And the DMV in many states requires stricter proof of identity and citizenship than does traditional registration; and traditional registration remains available.)
As a result, more people vote and candidates have to win the votes of more people. Quite possibly more candidates gain traction.
It becomes easier to place initiatives on the ballot by gathering the signatures of registered voters.
The state government saves the expense of the existing ridiculous system of "registering" people it already knows.
"Let's get [people] on the rolls automatically and put all the resources and energy we've put into voter registration into voter education," says California Secretary of State Alex Padilla.
Volunteers could set aside the endless work of voter registration and instead promote the policy positions they care about.
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