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house Bill H.R. 2840

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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09/29/2017
Democracy depends on every person's ability to cast his or her vote. Legislators seeking to diminish the voice of the people do so to continue the exponential movement of US capital to the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.
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Mary's Opinion
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08/27/2017
If we are to be a true democracy, we need the participation of all the people, or as many people as we can get. Judging from the success of Oregon's increase in participation, we can be assured that this is one way to achieve better voter turnout. I'm glad to see some legislation that doesn't snack of voter suppression for a change.
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07/20/2017
Voting is a core building block of this country.
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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.

Zachary's Opinion
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12/05/2017
Part of your right to vote is the CHOICE to register and vote
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Kathy's Opinion
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09/30/2017
You're legally only able to carry one driver's license/photo id. License is required to be turned over if one moves to different state. Believe this would be better system for preventing repeat sign ups, thus reducing fraudulent voting, as GOP fears. Would capture fairer system for voting democracy!
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10/19/2017
Americans have a right to vote. Our DPS considers driving a priviledge dependant on DPS test, and other concerns. We should not tie a tight to a system based on a "priviledge"
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What is House Bill H.R. 2840?

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. 2840

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. He offered the following statement when introducing this bill's predecessor:

“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 119 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
(Photo Credit: Kameleon007 / iStock)

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.

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      Committee on Administration
    IntroducedJune 8th, 2017
    Democracy depends on every person's ability to cast his or her vote. Legislators seeking to diminish the voice of the people do so to continue the exponential movement of US capital to the wealthiest 1 percent of the population.
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    If we are to be a true democracy, we need the participation of all the people, or as many people as we can get. Judging from the success of Oregon's increase in participation, we can be assured that this is one way to achieve better voter turnout. I'm glad to see some legislation that doesn't snack of voter suppression for a change.
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    Voting is a core building block of this country.
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    Part of your right to vote is the CHOICE to register and vote
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    Even if someone's not going to get out and vote, bow they have one less excuse
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    Everything to increase citizens voting should be done. Being vested in your government is important and the core of our republic
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    Thank you for introducing this bill in Wisconsin. While Trump distracts with false claims of voter fraud, voter suppression indeed exists. We must stop the disenfranchisement of marginalized groups. Every voice and, subsequently, every vote matters. We must not obstruct and silence minority voices.
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    Interesting. I am in favor of this, and I would like the opportunity for automatic voting on your behalf for general elections based on party selection with an option to change your party within 7 days of the vote. I also would agree to open primaries in all states. I imagine those candidates would spend more campaign time to have you select their party and less time dragging you to the voting booth. Next is preventing the AVR And AVS from being tampered. :)
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    If voting is a civic duty, then yes: people should be automatically registered to vote at the DMV. This would avoid scenarios of people forgetting to register or people feeling uncertaint of how to register, even people forgetting to update their registration upon moving. If people are not interested in voting they don't have to (though I would be in support of a required voting bill) but knowing that they are registered could inventivize people to vote who otherwise would stay home.
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    I'm almost always asked if I want to register to vote when I go to secretary of state for any reason. There's no harm in registering eligible voters. It also keeps people registered since GOP has been trying to purge voter rolls.
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    This is vital to increasing public participation in our elections.
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    It would be a huge step to combat voter suppression and make it easier for oppressed people especially to be able to vote.
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    People getting a license or ID are already put through the wringer to receive it. No more is needed other than the jumping through hoops we already do. This would remove partisanship from the equation.
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    Why not? Makes it convenient for all.
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    YES - but we also need to ensure non drivers are registered easily. Another plan would be to simply automatically register ALL ELIGIBLE VOTERS. That is the sane and resonable thing to do. We want to encourage people to vote .....don't we?
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    Absolutely! It works phenomenally well. Next let’s do all paper vote by mail like WA. No more hacked machines!
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    Americans have a right to vote. Our DPS considers driving a priviledge dependant on DPS test, and other concerns. We should not tie a tight to a system based on a "priviledge"
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    You're legally only able to carry one driver's license/photo id. License is required to be turned over if one moves to different state. Believe this would be better system for preventing repeat sign ups, thus reducing fraudulent voting, as GOP fears. Would capture fairer system for voting democracy!
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    Voting should be seen as a civic right rather than a civic duty. While citizens may exercise their civil rights, they are not compelled to.
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