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house Bill H.R. 2694

Should People be Automatically Registered to Vote at the DMV?

Argument in favor

Automatically registering eligible voters when they visit a DMV makes the registration process effortless for voters, which in turn will increase turnout.

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02/09/2016
“People who suppress the vote are political cowards and are undermining democracy.” [fusion.net]
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BarackObama's Opinion
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02/09/2016
"As a Nation, we must commit ourselves to fulfilling the critical responsibility of participating in our society." [whitehouse.gov]
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Alis's Opinion
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02/09/2016
Simpler. Why make voting into a test of endurance? It might make sense if there were not so many other barriers to participation in civic life already. We need to encourage people be part of the life of their communities not shut them out by any means possible.
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Argument opposed

Americans who want to vote are perfectly capable of registering to vote on their own. States don't need to do it for them whenever they go to the DMV.

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02/09/2016
People who are too lazy to properly register to vote should not be given such an easy and easily corruptible path. Given the number of states issuing Drivers Licenses to people here illegally, this would destroy any concept of integrity in the election process which is supposed to be for citizens only.
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02/10/2016
People who truly care about the country will resister to vote on their own.
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02/09/2016
Voting is a privilege that should not be forced in anyone at any time. If responsible people wish to exercise it, they should take steps themselves to register. We DO NOT need the nanny state determining if we should be registered or not.
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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJune 9th, 2015

What is House Bill H.R. 2694?

This bill would require state motor vehicle authorities (MVAs) to transmit certain identifying information of an individual requesting MVA services to the appropriate state election official so that the individual can be automatically registered to vote.

State election officials would then be directed to notify the individual that unless they opt out within 21 calendar days of the notice, they will be automatically registered to vote unless:

  • The official determines that the individual does not meet voter registration eligibility requirements;

  • The individual is already registered to vote.

A state may not use any identifying information regarding an individual’s citizenship status for any purpose other than determining whether the individual is eligible to vote in federal elections.

Impact

All Americans who visit a state MVA and would be automatically registered to vote, state motor vehicle authorities, and state election officials.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 2694

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. David Cicilline (D-RI) introduced this bill to significantly increase the number of registered voters by requiring states to automatically register eligible voters unless the voter opts out:

“Today, too many politicians are trying to make it harder than ever for citizens to make their voices heard at the ballot box. The Automatic Voter Registration Act will protect the right to vote and expand access for eligible voters across the United States. I thank my colleagues who have co-sponsored this important legislation that helps to expand one of our most essential rights as Americans.”

Currently this bill has 69 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


Of Note: Numerous states have considered legislation or ballot measures that would lead to voters being registered automatically, but so far only two have passed and implemented automatic voter registration — California and Oregon.


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Summary by Eric Revell
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AKA

Automatic Voter Registration Act

Official Title

To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to require each State to ensure that each individual who provides identifying information to the State motor vehicle authority is automatically registered to vote in elections for Federal office held in the State unless the individual does not meet the eligibility requirements for registering to vote in such elections or declines to be registered to vote in such elections, and for other purposes.

    “People who suppress the vote are political cowards and are undermining democracy.” [fusion.net]
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    People who are too lazy to properly register to vote should not be given such an easy and easily corruptible path. Given the number of states issuing Drivers Licenses to people here illegally, this would destroy any concept of integrity in the election process which is supposed to be for citizens only.
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    "As a Nation, we must commit ourselves to fulfilling the critical responsibility of participating in our society." [whitehouse.gov]
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    Simpler. Why make voting into a test of endurance? It might make sense if there were not so many other barriers to participation in civic life already. We need to encourage people be part of the life of their communities not shut them out by any means possible.
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    There is no reason that people shouldn't be automatically registered to vote. If they choose not to exercise their right to vote, that's their choice, but we shouldn't punish them for not having jumped through some hoops at some arbitrary point some length of time before the actual election. That's just silly.
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    I think this is a good bill. It doesn't FORCE people to vote, just registers whoever is eligible to vote and they can opt out within those 21 days anyways. No harm, no foul. Great idea to keep the majority of the public up to speed with their right to vote or not to vote.
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    People who truly care about the country will resister to vote on their own.
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    Voting is a privilege that should not be forced in anyone at any time. If responsible people wish to exercise it, they should take steps themselves to register. We DO NOT need the nanny state determining if we should be registered or not.
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    Absolutely, let's streamline the process, instead of convolute it. If you passed the screening process for state ID then you have a right to vote, so why not?
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    I'm going to go ahead and give a big fat DUH!!
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    That would be fine, if they labeled the drivers license of the person as a citizen or not. Non citizens have no right to vote in our country's elections. If we can't have a clean election with only citizens of the United States voting, we might as well not have one and become a dictatorship or Communist country, where the leader is put into place by the ones in power. When we have non citizens voting there is no point in calling it an election, it is a free for all. All Countries have laws on voting, IF they are allowed to vote.This is one of our GREAT rights in this country, the privilege of voting for the leader of a country that is OF THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE.
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    Absolutely NOT!
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    It's a streamlined and effective method of registration for voting eligible citizens that will cut administrative costs. Why not?
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    Why make it harder to register to vote? We should make it easier for people to vote.
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    No this is just a way to allow people who are here illegally to be able to vote democrat! American citizens are the ONLY ones who should be allowed to vote..not people who are not citizens! That would be like me going to France to work for 6 months and voting on their laws...negative..it's not my country, and just bc you profit from that country doesn't mean you get a choice in the laws!!
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    No! Some states give a license as a form of ID which are here on visa and such so will they be able to vote. Not a clear question
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    I think they should be automatically registered but if they do not want to vote then they do not have to. Maybe it will be the community's responsibility to encourage people to be informed and vote but to be forced to vote when they do not even pay attention would be a waste of time again unless you can get the few people that do not vote to care enough to vote and be educated on the subject, I think they should be registered just in case they may want to.
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    Of course not. A number of states give drivers' licenses to illegals. This is just another effort by Dems to commit voter fraud, which is their best hope to win elections.
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    If legal residents want to make use of their right to vote, they need to make the effort to register to vote. Not everyone who goes into the DMV is a legal resident. No illegals should have a voice in how our country is run!!
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    I believe we should make Election Day a paid off holiday. That would make it easier I go vote.But if you don't vote then you don't get paid for the day off.
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