California Senate Makes Voting Easier By Passing Motor Voter Act

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While Republican run states are making it harder to vote through various forms of voter suppression, California took a step in the other direction on Thursday. The California State Senate passed the California New Voter Act on a 24 to 15 vote. The measure automatically registers any California resident who obtains a driver’s license, and who is also legally eligible to vote. The measure would add an individual to the eligible voter rolls, unless the person chooses specifically to opt out of getting registered to vote.

The bill’s original sponsor, 80th District Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzales (D-San Diego), patterned the measure after a similar law that was recently passed in Oregon. Gonzales argued:

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The California New Motor Voter Act is a simple, common-sense opportunity to streamline and modernize our voting system to bring millions of eligible voters into the electoral process and rebuild the relationship between the public and their representatives.

Predictably, frightened Republicans balked at the measure, knowing full well that when more people vote, they are less likely to win elections. This is one reason that the GOP is working so hard to erect barriers to voting in any state where they have a governing majority.

In California, however, Democrats control both houses of the legislature and the Governor’s mansion. So instead of passing voter suppression laws, they, along with Oregon, are working to increase voter turnout, rather than attempting to squash it.

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Even without the Motor Voter Act in place, the Republican Party is in sorry shape in California. Democrats not only enjoy lopsided majorities in the legislature, but they also hold all eight major state wide offices, leaving the GOP virtually shut out from wielding any political power in Sacramento.

The Motor Voter Act won’t alter the balance of power in California, but it will make it easier for people to get registered to vote so that they can cast their ballots. With the increase in turnout, the Republican drought in California is all but certain to continue. When people turn out to vote, Democrats win, and that is especially true in California, where they already hold a decisive political advantage.

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12 Replies to “California Senate Makes Voting Easier By Passing Motor Voter Act”

  1. Oh, como’ Yvonne. Voting machines, are. uh…..crucial for voting? I’ve done a little investichecking. Seems the secretarys of state where Republicans rule, aren’t providing records to the public. All Republican cursed states.

  2. Automatic voter registration is a no brainer. DOBs are on all school records, as well, so there is no reason why high schools cannot register kids to vote. Making voting, the basic premise of our democracy, difficult is not in keeping with remaining a free people.

  3. Automatic voter registration should be mandated by
    federal law to prevent unscrupulous tactics by the party
    of subversion and treason known as the GOP. Let’s cut
    the head off their pet snake NOW! Jah bless.

  4. I’ve always thought voter registration should happen at social services offices. People seeking help should be made aware that job programs, education and community resources all depend on who is voted into office. Our power is in our vote.

  5. “Predictably, frightened Republicans balked at the measure, knowing full well that when more people vote, they are less likely to win elections. This is one reason that the GOP is working so hard to erect barriers to voting in any state where they have a governing majority.”

    REAL Americans do NOT vote for these seditious ANTI-America traitors.

  6. What I would give to have the same system as Australia. There, it’s mandated that not only must citizens register to vote when they become 18, but they are required by law to vote in each and every election or pay a fine. That’s why they have a 94% turnout rate.

    This should happen in the United States of America, as well.

  7. This needs to be the law in all states…Good for them…The people come first..The Republicans should be scared…They’ll be voted out..and while we’re at it..Let’s put those disgusting Koch whore’s on a slow boat back to Russia. .

  8. Once registered, one can easily become a vote-by-mail voter here in the Golden State. If the voter is elderly, frail, disabled, works/studies long hours or travels, it is not only convenient but almost a necessity, if one is to exercise the vote. Why some of the GOP have a problem with voting, I don’t know. I am positive, however, that most do not. I think this is a win-win for all the people of California. Oh, yes, one can also change his or her party affiliation or lack of affiliation online, as well as his or her name and/or address, if that is needed. Is that cool, or what? The only thing we don’t do for people is tell them how they should vote. That is up to the voter.

  9. “leaving the GOP virtually shut out from wielding any political power in Sacramento.”

    As well they should be in every state after their dismal performance since nixon!

  10. This is exactly what the republicans wanted, people who are ALIVE and ELIGIBLE to vote are being registered with a valid state ID. Why is this not an Issue when California does it?

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