House Democrats Challenge GOP Voter Suppression With Automatic Voter Registration Bill

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On Tuesday June 9th, Democratic Rep. David Cicilline (RI-01) introduced a bill into the U.S. House to automatically register eligible citizens to vote in federal elections when they provide information to a state’s motor vehicle authority. H.R. 2694, introduced by Cicilline, with 41 Democratic co-sponsors, would require motor vehicle departments to forward identifying information to elections officials for the purpose of registering individuals to vote.

Voters would be notified by election officials that they will be registered after 21 days unless they desire not to be registered, in which case they can opt out by notifying those same election officials. Cicilline proposed the idea, arguing that current law has it backwards by putting the burden on the voter to initiate the registration process. Instead his proposal would reverse the presumption, by assuming a citizen should be registered unless the person explicitly denies that he or she wants to be registered.

The House Democrats’ proposal comes just five days after Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton blasted Republicans for “systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of citizens from voting“ during a speech in Houston, Texas. In that speech, Clinton called for voting reforms to make casting ballots easier, including automatic voter registration.

In addition to Cicilline, other notable Democratic sponsors of H.R. 2694 include DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (FL-23), former DCCC Chairs Steve Israel (NY-03) and Chris Van Hollen (MD-08), and Civil Rights pioneer John R. Lewis (GA-05).

The bill has little chance to pass through the Republican dominated House. However, the proposal does highlight the opposite directions the two major parties are taking towards the right to vote. Republicans are passing restrictive laws in state after state to make it more difficult for Americans to vote. By contrast, the Democrats are doing their best to make voting as easy and convenient as possible for American citizens.

Democrats are trying to encourage Americans to exercise their right to vote, whereas Republicans are working feverishly to pass restrictions on voting. Based on the behavior of the two major parties, it isn’t hard to figure out which one feels its ideas will appeal to a broad cross-section of voters and which one needs to suppress the vote in order to win.

54 Replies to “House Democrats Challenge GOP Voter Suppression With Automatic Voter Registration Bill”

  1. I agree dj but even if this had been introduced and passed when we had the House Bitch McConnell and the Senate traitors…. I mean republicans would have filibustered it.

  2. Thank you. I corrected the error. (Maybe that’s why nobody showed up for my fireworks celebration on the 4th :-) )

    But seriously, I appreciate you mentioning the error so I could correct it before more people read this. We try to proofread carefully here, but sometimes when your mind goes on auto-pilot you miss the obvious stuff.

  3. The way this particular bill is written, no they wouldn’t. In the text is specifically states that eligible citizens will be automatically registered. It would exclude non-citizens, and children with learning permits who don’t turn 18 by election day from being registered.

  4. If you are here illegally do they send you a draft registration card? Do the government even know where you are at to register you? And finally king of the idiots don’t you have to have a valid ID to even vote?

  5. Robert, The illegal aliens or ‘Dreamer’s’ who were born & have grown-up here are very Conservative/Family Oriented and Religious.

    Republicans make a huge mistake by not embracing them.

  6. This is redundant, every state I have lived in has asked upon receiving a drivers license if I wish to have my info sent to the local election board.
    But maybe that’s a conspiracy and they only do that with registered republicans.

  7. And while we’re at it . . .
    Presidential elections don’t have to continue to be dominated by and determined by a handful of swing states, while most of the country is politically irrelevant.

    The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the country.

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in every election.
    No more distorting and divisive red and blue state maps of pre-determined outcomes.

    The bill would take effect when enacted by states with a majority of Electoral College votes (270 of 538)- enough to elect a President.
    The candidate with the most popular votes in the country would get all the 270+ electoral votes of the enacting states.

    The bill has passed 33 state legislative chambers in 22 rural, small, medium, large, red, blue, and purple states with 250 electoral votes, and been enacted by 11 jurisdictions with 165 electoral votes – 61% of the 270 needed.

    Nationa…

  8. OK, just askin’. I understand Canada went to a system like this a while ago. At the next election there was no change in the percentage of people voting. So you can register everybody, but if they don’t want to vote they will still sit at home.

  9. But… What if Obama gets his amnesty bill passed? You know I never do this but:

    newsmax.com/Newsfront/Obama-amnesty-illegals-voting/2015/02/13/id/624624

    It looks like I misspelled something but the article says that if O’s amnesty plan goes through then it will be pretty easy for illegal to be able to vote.

  10. But Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the District of Columbia’s nonvoting member of Congress, claimed that Obama’s unilateral action does not affect federal or state laws on voter registration.
    Thursday’s hearing, before the House Oversight Committee, is part of an attempt by the GOP to hold up Obama’s executive action temporarily delaying deportations and giving work permits to millions of illegal immigrants who have children born legally in the U.S., the Times reported.

    http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/obama-amnesty-illegals-voting/2015/02/13/id/624624/

    Which part of “No”, do you not comprehend Robert?

  11. Ms. Holmes’ reply is fine but that’s one side of the argument; It’s not the final word.

    Let’s get right down to it: Democratic policies have allowed millions (20 million?) illegals to reside in America. If they can be pardoned and made citizens by the stroke of a president’s pen, they will vote Democrat, at least the large majority. Why else are they here but to get registered to vote and flip a couple of western states (maybe Arizona or Colorado or some day even Texas) from red to blue. The game plan is not that hard to figure out.

  12. Again asshole, where is this amnesty plan? And for your information the President has deported more people than any other President

  13. When dealing with Robert’s deliberate obtuseness- Asshole is an apt moniker.

    If you had indeed read the entire article Robert/asshole, you’d have read that Obama’s plan will not override any state’s ability to exclude illegals.

    Once again disproving your assertions.

    Djchefron- isn’t it about time to stop threatening him?

    He’s a troll. Yes he’ll have his sockpuppet accounts to fall back on, but his beloved mainstay will go away.

  14. Democratic policies have allowed millions (20 million?) illegals to reside in America.

    ORLY?

    Two of the last three Republican presidents — Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush — did the same thing in extending amnesty to family members who were not covered by the last major overhaul of immigration law in 1986.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/reagan-and-bush-made-immigration-executive-orders-2014-11

    So now you’re claiming that both Ronald Reagan and H.W. Bu$h were Democrats?

  15. Considering how many times you’ve claimed to have left for the last time… your promises to do so sound particularly hollow.

    No, if you are banished.

    We win.

  16. Are you really that effing stupid or are you just being disingenuous again?

    Here’s a little critical-thinking exercise for you: If you were an illegal alien, would you show up to vote and risk being discovered?

    And don’t you have something constructive you could be doing, instead of continually exhibiting your intellectual dishonesty and childish petulance here?

  17. Let’s see some QUANTIFIED, reliable documentation of that. Otherwise, we’ll assume you pulled that right out of your colon, where all your other remarks seem to originate.

  18. By an amazing coincidence- I had to locate and remove a rather stinky carcass of a Stellar’s Jay from my garage, drug in there by one of my cats.

    The stink around here is clearing up already.

    And it ain’t because of ‘illegals’…

  19. Go and complain to Reagan’s putrefied remains about amnesty for illegal aliens, since he granted it and Obama has not and is not planning to.

  20. Steller’s jays are cool – sorry to hear your cat got one…

    Did the corpse stink as much as Robert’s prattling?

  21. The republican BRAIN is so hopelessly flawed and twisted! that’s why I ENJOY sticking my size 12 shoe in their narrow A$SES! A- If the damn GOP actually SERVED the people, instead of being the bag man for the 1% crowd, they’d be tickled PINK over the prospect of EVERYONE voting! B- but they’ve pissed off WOMEN!, BLACKS, HISPANICS, the LGBT community, educated people, SANE people! the GOP has alienated EVERYONE! except!! TA TA TA DA!! LILY WHITE republican MALES! so of course they don’t want more than 30% of america to vote! The average republican is intellectually impotent! hopelessly IGNORANT!, see COMMON sense should tell you, if YOU have a great product, it sells itself!! YOU don’t try to limit who can get it!! the GOP is a FU#KIN’ CON game! PERIOD! and whats truly laughable is, the very people who vote GOP (THE NON 1% ERS) suffer from republican policies just as bad as the rest of us!

  22. Stellar’s Jays are, like Robert, obnoxious. Unlike Robert- they’re intelligent.

    The cat is like Robert in that no matter times we express our displeasure it still does what it wants- which seems to revel in our discomfort. Even with it’s hunting bib installed.

    The dull stench of three day old jay in a hot garage will, like Robert’s commentary- dissipate.

    But Robert’s childishness made it difficult for me to resist asking out loud: Are you REALLY that dense? Because Republicans hear that and take it for a challenge.

    Upon due consideration- not as much. It’s only been around a few days. Robert on the other appendage has been festering here for a lot longer.

  23. Narcissist Check List for Robert:

    1. Arrogant, acts superior…check
    2. Will lie and distort facts and change events to suit their own agenda…check
    3. Lack sympathy for others, especially those they exploit…check
    4. Regularly PROVOKE people and blame them for the fight…check
    5. Have trouble admitting their mistakes…check
    6. Regularly shows arrogant, haughty behavior or attitudes…check.

    Congratulations Robert! You are a full fledge Narcissist, (among other things: condescending, egotistical, etc.)!!

  24. Ya know, @robert reminds me of my favorite Elton John songs, “The Bitch Is Back” listen, heres the reality!, NO illegal alien is chomping at the bit to go VOTE!, republicans are so brain dead!, republicans! use some COMMON sense!, if YOU were illegally in a country, would YOU risk your FREEDOM to, A- BUY some phony A$S ID to go VOTE!?, B- would YOU take YOUR FAKE A$S ID to a elections workers just to cast ONE VOTE??, JESUS H CHRIST!! you republicans are the biggest PUS$IES on EARTH! you’re so FU#KING paranoid that your WHITE privilege is shrinking, that the GOP throws you IDIOTS ANY conspiracy theory and you EAT it up! you republicans need to get a DAMN grip!! Trust me! anyone doing ANYTHING ILLEGAL sure as HELL aren’t thinking about VOTING!! I had this very conversation with my mailman yesterday and hell YES, I talk in public pretty much along the lines I post here! well guess what? I found out something, my mailman is as LIBERAL as I am! LMFAO

  25. Uneducated peasants can always be spooked into stampeding over their own rights while attempting to deny others rights.

    They love the Constitution as long as they don’t have to apply it equally to others.

    They allow their States to act out unconstitutional fantasies for them, not realizing they are killing off their own Federal protection.

    What good is your Federal constitutional right to own guns if there is no Federal government to enforce that Federal right?

    Think the States will jump in to protect your Federal ‘right to bear arms?’ Not a chance, suckers.

    And the rubes cheer them on.

    Abortion is a constitutional right. States have routinely violated women’s Federal Constitutional right to be left alone. Because States refuse to acknowledge those constitutional rights. They claim the authority to ignore your rights.

    While the rubes cheered them on.

  26. This will not see the light of day
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    Right…so there really is no point in talking about it at all.

    But for the record:

    How many non-citizens participate in U.S. elections? More than 14 percent of non-citizens in both the 2008 and 2010 samples indicated that they were registered to vote. Furthermore, some of these non-citizens voted. Our best guess, based upon extrapolations from the portion of the sample with a verified vote, is that 6.4 percent of non-citizens voted in 2008 and 2.2 percent of non-citizens voted in 2010.

    Which is enough to change the outcome of a close race.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/monkey-cage/wp/2014/10/24/could-non-citizens-decide-the-november-election/

  27. Snopes is debunking email claims of voter fraud in 2012 and they don’t mention anything about non-citizens.

    Do you have anything else that might dispute the 2008/2010 electoral study – that was done using actual datasets – that calculated the extent at which non-citizens participate in U.S. elections?

  28. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlpZ8u2AB84/ This is not to offend anyone, this one is, truthful. I researched the 2 German descendents, Charles and David Koch and what has been the real intent of the GOP. This was scary but true. If some feel this inappropriate, I won’t be like Robert, I’ll exile myself from Politicus. Promise. This link is from a well, controversial gentleman that not everyone agrees with his statements. Especially when you start to dig deeper, it’s not the black man in the oval office, this is a distraction from the obvious. History backs these statements. WW1, Adolph Hitler. And no, I don’t believe everything on the internet, this is the scenario in 2015. And everyone keeps thinking racism.

  29. The Koch’s inheritance from another German descendent, their father. It’s in their best interest to destroy our government. Conspiracy? Maybe.

  30. Why only autoregister drivers. We should be autoregistering everyone by social security number when they turn 18, take em off the rolls when a death certificate is filed. Social security knows who is a citizen and they know where we live.

  31. If, as you indicated, they were already registered to vote, how is registering citizens to vote automatically by the DMV affecting that? If the DMV is going to automatically register someone to vote, part of that procedure would be to verify citizenship, which makes your whole point moot.

  32. This is just the paranoia that Republicans and the right wing media (Fox “News”) are trying to create. How does it feel to be a victim Robert?

  33. President George H W Bush VETOED a Motor Voter bill passed by Congress (a bipartisan vote, btw) on the grounds that we don’t MAKE Americans vote.
    It was a Voter Registration bill via motor vehicle registration or motor vehicle license registration. It was ONLY about registration.
    DAMN, those Bushes are stupid. Had he not been such an arrogant SOB, we could’ve had automatic registration since 1999.

  34. If the DMV is going to automatically register someone to vote, part of that procedure would be to verify citizenship,
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    Really? Current Federal law says that states must accept and use a federal form for registering voters, but the federal form DOES NOT require any proof that the person submitting the form is a citizen.
    All you have to do currently is check a box.

    Get back to me when proof of citizenship is required to register to vote.

  35. In Tennessee, when you get your Drivers license, they ask if you want to register to vote. You have already provided them with proof you are a Legal Citizen! The only thing “automatically” registering people to vote does is provide a way to allow someone else to vote in their place if they don’t show at the polls.

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