Automatic voter registration won’t solve voter apathy

Voter registration is already easy. Making registration mindless doesn’t make more people care about voting.

 

“In theory, if you increase the voter rolls, more people would cast ballots. In theory. Count me among the skeptics who wonder if increasing the automatic registration will do much more than put even more uninterested voters on the rolls…

 

“Canada implemented automatic voter registration in the 1990s, according to Michael McDonald, a University of Florida professor who tracks turnout, and he told NPR that while only 1-2 percent of Canadians opted out, voter turnout did not increase. In fact, it dropped…

 

“Our problem, it seems, has much more to do with apathy than the inability to register.”