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Atlanta U.S. Rep. John Lewis wants 'automatic' voter registration

Citizens turn out to cast votes at Palmyra Methodist Church in Albany.

Citizens turn out to cast votes at Palmyra Methodist Church in Albany.

— 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.”

Comments

TrixibelleBento 1 year, 2 months ago

Why not force folks to take responsibility for their right to vote? If you want to vote, you have to register, not wait until the last minute. If we allow a person at the last minute to register, how do the election workers know if that person is a legal citizen, isn't a felon, etc.?

If you want to vote, provide an ID. I'm tired of people saying that this disenfranchises voters. People somehow get driver's licenses and the State offers free IDs to those who don't want to drive, so what's the problem? Prove you are who you say you are. Why is that disenfranchising voters? I still don't get that argument.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

Picture voter ID is designed to disenfranchise older citizens who tend to vote regularly, eagerly and consistently. The assumption is that they all vote for democrats which isn't so. The party of stupid has shot itself in the foot repeatedly.

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Black_Falcon 1 year, 2 months ago

This is nothing more than a way to give illegal aliens a legal right to vote. Lewis knows that as it stands now, legal US citizens can register to vote if they want to. The plan is to add illegal aliens to the Democratic plantation.

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Clif 1 year, 2 months ago

I'm sure the democrats would swell the voter register list by using the obituary columns from all the newspapers around the state.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

That's interesting since in the last 5 years 80% of all the voter fraud cases have been made against republicans or their operatives.

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waltspecht 1 year, 2 months ago

Why not make it like Australia? You not only have to register to vote, you are fined if you don't vote. Unless you have an excuse acceptable to the Court. Now that assures Citizen participation

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 2 months ago

What John Lewis wants is an automatic vote for everybody on the ballot with a "D" next to their name.

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dingleberry 1 year, 2 months ago

And that way he can keep all campaign contributions without having to spend money to buy votes.

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FryarTuk 1 year, 2 months ago

You people are like lemmings jumping over the cliff following some uncontrollable internal urge to self destruct just to be a partisan republican or democrat.

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