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CA Governor Signs Bill Automatically Registering Residents to Vote When They Get a Driver’s License

California Governor Jerry Brown signed an important bill on Saturday that automatically registers voters when they go to the DMV to renew or obtain a driver’s license.

Anyone who visits the DMV for a driver’s license will be able to vote in the upcoming election. Voters can opt out of the program if they aren’t interested.

Raw Story reports:

California joins Oregon as the only two states to proactively register people to vote unless they decline.

According to California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, the move comes after voters set a record-low in participation in last year’s election.

“In a free society, the right to vote is fundamental,” Padilla said in a statement after Brown signed the bill. “We do not have to opt-in to other rights, such as free speech or due process. The right to vote should be no different,”

The state’s move to make it easier to vote is in direct contrast to recent developments in Alabama where Republican state officials are closing down DMV offices in predominately black neighborhoods, making it harder to register to vote.

Photo credit: Cali Watchdog.

 

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