Pro or Con : Automatic voter registration
Oregon's automatic registration law, which won approval in 2015, is the first of its kind in the nation. When get your Photo ID or Driver's license you are automatically registered to vote. YES, in Oregon, people with past felony convictions can register and vote. YES, people who are homeless can vote. For people who do not want to affiliate with any political party, they should choose the circle for “Not a member of a party."
What about people that aren't American Citizens?
Also for those that don't drive, how do they register to vote?
There is nothing in the constitution that says you have to register with a political party preference.
How did we get where we are today, where each party has its own registration.
Party primaries don't serve a purpose. We should be able to vote for a candidate of any party to narrow down the selection for the general election.
The Constitution gave the states the rights to determine Electors and most issues with voting. The Founding Fathers also initially purposely left off protections for certain people to vote, some of which were reversed with later amendments
How does that help us today? We have over two dozens amendments, maybe we need more because the current process isn't working.
That sure is interesting. Do we want more uninformed voters? I think I am against it. If you can't take the time to register you certainly won't take the time to learn what is going on. Then it would be sound bites and commercials that would determine the outcome of elections -- not good.
bradmasterOCcal raised interesting questions. Are aliens allowed to vote? Since the following is beyond the limit of a comment I put it in as an answer.
Foreigners are prohibited voting in Fed elections but not in states. Alien suffrage differs in each state. Pro/Con reasons here @ http://cis.org/NoncitizenVoting#legality
Eleven states allow illegal aliens to get driver’s licenses. Twelve states have statutes that permit nonresident voting locally under certain conditions such as land ownership.. Reference @ http://www.ncsl.org/research/elections- … oting.aspx
Only American citizens (and immigrants with green cards) can contribute money to federal politics,
Citizens United Supreme Court decision allowing unlimited free speech via spending by international corporations could allow foreign nationals, governments and individuals to bankroll US elections is the biggest problem IMHO.
Since all publicly traded 'American' corporations are owned by some degree by foreign nationals than means any electoral spending by such corporations is potentially illegal. (theintercept)
The FEC reaffirmed that position as recently as 2006, in another advisory opinion stating that domestic subsidiaries of foreign corporations may donate to state and local elections. It's not illegal for 501(c) groups to accept money from foreign citizens.
It appears to be that big alien money is a bigger problem than individual alien voting due to the greater influence.
I think both of these are detrimental to the watered down voting process. The Supreme Court doesn't make good decisions, especially the simple majority. A valid decision cannot be made by a vote of 1. The other jurists are just a qualified
by Holle Abee 8 years ago
The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Arizona cannot require proof of citizenship for voter registration. HUH???? Sorry, I'm all for legal immigration, but voting is a right reserved for U.S. citizens - not for illegal immigrants. When American citizens are convicted of drug crimes, their...
by jenbeach21 6 years ago
Do you have to have your voter registration card to vote on election day?
by Readmikenow 4 months ago
In just Pennsylvania and Texas thousands of non-US citizens have been registered to vote. I wonder what the numbers would be if the 48 other states performed the same type of voter purges? I've seen it in California. When people tried to do something about it, they were...
by ptosis 3 years ago
Pro or Con: implement universal, automatic voter registration?
by Jo_Goldsmith11 6 years ago
I woke up this morning and the first thing I heard on the television is how the GOP are trying to stop voters who wish to vote for the President! What kind of *Freedom* is this? Romney is not fit to be President! His wife reported she is concerned about his "emotional/mental well being"...
by Dave Manors 7 years ago
Should prison inmates be allowed to vote in elections?Criminals in jail are there because they choose to operate outside the limitations that society has designed in law. Is it right that we give those same criminals a say in how those rules are made and how society is run?
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