U.S. should automatically register voters

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    Wed Dec 12, 2012 6:09am EST

    (Reuters) - Attorney General Eric Holder said on Tuesday that U.S. election officials should register eligible voters automatically and take steps to reduce the long lines Americans encountered in national elections on November 6. ...

    ... registering to vote is a necessary step to be eligible to cast a ballot in almost every U.S. state, and some jurisdictions require the paperwork weeks before Election Day.
    All the paperwork is handled at the local or state level, and new paperwork is needed when someone moves.
    The safeguards are in place to prevent a problem that rarely, if ever occurs, largely because few people are willing to risk felony charges to influence an election, Holder said. ...

    ... By coordinating existing databases, the government could register "every eligible voter in America" and ensure that registration did not lapse during a move, Holder said.
    An overhaul would likely require approval from Congress, a significant obstacle because of the view by many Republicans that easing registration requirements could increase voter fraud. ...

    ... "The arc of American history has bent towards expanding the franchise," he said. "This generation must be true to that more inclusive history. ... it is not a time to restrict the franchise."...

    http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/...8BA1EN20121212
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    I find it very frustrating that some are so fearful of minority voters that they put all kinds of impediments in place. FL's long lines were one example, the de facto poll tax of purchased IDs another. There are also lack of voting machines in some areas, of course where minority populations are predominent.

    I don't know what it would take to be able to register voters more easily but I would love to see it. Every elegible citizen needs the easiest access to voting. It is a responsibility and therefore whould not be made more difficult. I understand that some feel it is a privilege and therefore it is acceptable to make it more difficult to vote. That way one can prove they appreciate the privilege. Similar thinking would be that the longer and more difficult your labor the more you will love your child after he/she is born. Do those with easier labors not love their children?
    BostonTerrierLoverRN likes this.
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    can't they just vote absentee? Comparing having to show an ID to a poll tax is extreme at best. The only reason to oppose voter IDs is because you plan to cheat plain and simple.
    HM-8404, Jolie, and tntrn like this.
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    Looks like a solution in search of a problem.
    HM-8404 and VivaLasViejas like this.
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    How would this be accomplished? And then what? Force them to vote also?
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
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    How about make certain all citizens are registered to vote and then educating and encouraging them to vote?
    Why would any citizen be forced to vote?
    Similarly why would we want to make it more difficult for any citizen to vote?
    herring_RN likes this.
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    If obtaining a no-cost ID amounts to a "poll tax", then how would one categorize forcing an applicant to join a union in order to get a job?

    Seems like it would amount to an illegal, discriminatory "work tax." But of course, it is framed very differently by its proponents.

    How hypocritical!
    DroogieRN, HM-8404, VivaLasViejas, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from tewdles
    How about make certain all citizens are registered to vote and then educating and encouraging them to vote?
    Why would any citizen be forced to vote?
    Similarly why would we want to make it more difficult for any citizen to vote?
    Why force them to be registered?
    VivaLasViejas likes this.
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    Quote from Jolie
    If obtaining a no-cost ID amounts to a "poll tax", then how would one categorize forcing an applicant to join a union in order to get a job?

    Seems like it would amount to an illegal, discriminatory "work tax." But of course, it is framed very differently by its proponents.

    How hypocritical!
    Where do you get a no-cost ID? This is not common knowledge where I live.
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    If someone is not interested enough in the electoral process to expend the minimum effort necessary to register, why do so for him placing his name on the voter rolls, enabling some fraudulent hack to impersonate him at the polls by showing up to vote without ID?


    Ohhhh! Now I get it
    DroogieRN, HM-8404, VivaLasViejas, and 1 other like this.


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