Monday, October 12, 2015

At least someone is doing it right

This is great news. California has EXTENDED access to voting.
After a record low turnout in last year’s election, Gov. Jerry Brown of California signed legislation on Saturday designed to increase electoral participation by automatically registering eligible state voters when they obtain a driver’s license.
The law, which allows Californians to opt out of registering at the Department of Motor Vehicles, was the most prominent of more than a dozen bills relating to elections that Mr. Brown signed on Saturday. It puts California at the forefront of efforts across the country to increase electoral participation at a time when many states have added new hurdles, like voter identification laws.
This is a great idea and what every state should be doing; extending voting rights to all eligible Americans. But while Democrats are making it easier to vote, Republicans are enacting voting restrictions, cutting polling places in minority areas, eliminating early voting, gerrymandering districts, and enacting voter ID laws to make it more difficult for people to vote. In short, if they can abuse the process to make Republicans win, they will.

If you're an American and you believe in American ideals, then making voting available to all Americans, regardless of party, is the right thing to do. I'd like to say it's the American thing to do, but I'm no longer sure that's the case.

Way to go California.

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