California just signed bill AUTOMATICALLY registering people to VOTE

California just signed bill AUTOMATICALLY registering people to VOTE

People have been trying to find the cure to the abysmal voter turnout for our non-Presidential elections, which even in Presidential years isn’t so impressive in the first place. California thinks they have an idea

California just signed bill AUTOMATICALLY registering people to VOTE

On Saturday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow the state to automatically register millions of residents to vote, using their DMV records.

Starting in 2016, every eligible California citizen who goes to a DMV office to get a driver’s license or renew one will be instantly registered to vote, unless he or she chooses to opt out.

The new “motor voter” law is just one of several steps aimed at addressing California’s dismally low election participation rate — one of the worst in the nation. Just over 42 percent of eligible voters turned out in last fall’s election. In Los Angeles County, just 31 percent of registered voters cast a ballot.

This is where people lose me, and maybe it’s a generational thing, but for me I was given a post card in the 11th grade and told to fill it out. That was me registering to vote. If people don’t care enough to do something as simple as write their name on a piece of paper, what makes you think they’ll care enough to vote if you just automatically register them?

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