The NVRA allows for a voter registration deadline of up to 30 days. An appellate court agreed that a 21-day registration cutoff is not an unreasonable burden. Challenge rejected.
Of course they do. Democrat operatives view “automatic” voter registration as a political “game changer” that benefits Democrat politicians.
That’s why Democrats like the former Obama campaign aides behind the group iVote are organizing “a multimillion-dollar push to expand automatic voter registration.”
Yet aside from the fact that registering to vote is already easy, iVote’s argument that automatically registering people when they apply for driver’s licenses or identification cards will help unregistered Americans who are “disproportionately poor, young and minority” is particularly odd coming from the crowd that claims these same Americans can’t get driver’s licenses or identification cards for voter ID purposes.
In any case, the effort may be another disappointing waste of millions for Democrat donors, as iVote Director Jeremy Bird was also the brains behind Battleground Texas and its abortive attempt to elect Democrat Wendy Davis as Governor and “turn Texas blue.”
“Canada moved to universal voter registration, and turnout dropped… this [laws like Oregon’s] is no guarantee.” Link.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach says that a new automatic voter registration law in Oregon could potentially be “a perfect storm of errors” and could increase the likelihood of fraud…
The state, which conducts its elections by mail, will send any adult citizen who has not registered to vote but has interacted with the Department of Motor Vehicles since 2013 a ballot in the next statewide election as a way to increase voter participation.
Initially about 300,000 people will be forced onto Oregon’s voter rolls and mailed ballots without their consent being requested or given. Automatic registration likely won’t have much effect on voter participation, but it will be easier to steal votes from people who never asked to register or had any intention of voting.
“A mere oath of citizenship is not enough.”
In the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals Monday, “a constitutional showdown over states’ rights to regulate their own elections as well as criticism of the way the federal Election Assistance Commission operates.”
Both Kansas and Arizona have passed state requirements that voters must prove citizenship through a passport or birth certificate before they can register to vote. Lawmakers in those states say the measure is to prevent voter fraud. That rule is stricter than federal ones, which require a voter to merely affirm citizenship in writing.
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (incorrectly identified by the Los Angeles Times as Attorney General), who argued on behalf of both states, said the EAC is “using the federal form as a lever to displace the state’s power.”
The three-judge appellate panel seemed most focused Monday on whether Alice Miller, the acting executive director of the EAC, had the authority to allow her staff to refuse the requests by Kansas and Arizona to make the federal forms adhere to the two states’ tougher standards.
“Where in the record do we find sub-delegation,” asked Judge Carlos Lucero. He wondered hypothetically whether a court clerk would be allowed to render judicial decisions if there were no judges on the bench.
Kobach requested a fast-tracked decision, but any ruling is likely to be appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court.