Citizens turn out to cast votes at Palmyra Methodist Church in Albany.
WASHINGTON Atlanta U.S. Rep. John Lewis and several colleagues are pushing a bill that would automatically register people to vote whose names are on existing records held by departments of motor vehicles, public assistance programs and other databases.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the bill would allow citizens to opt out of registration. and allow registration right up to election day.
It also would require states to allow registration up to Election Day.
The bill faces significant Republican roadblocks to passage, including in Georgia, where Secretary of State Brian Kemp doesn’t like the idea. Kemp said it would have only exacerbated Fulton County’s difficulties in November’s election, which included long lines and an enormous pile of provisional ballots.
In an interview Kemp said, “Georgia has been as progressive, if you will, as any state in the country” in pushing voter registration with online forms and in other ways. He said he will push voter registration on social media in the future.
But Kemp added, “I also think that this is a choice that Americans have, and that’s what makes America great. Some people don’t want to be registered to vote.”