Automatic voter registration Left turn

The Economist

REFORMS that originate on the west coast have such a distinctive tilt that it is sometimes called the left coast. So with Republicans holding the reins in both houses of Congress, it is no surprise that a new crusade to alter voter registration has gained a foothold in two western states. Thanks to new laws passed in Oregon and California, residents will soon be automatically registered to vote when they get or renew a driving licence or state identification card. Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, states have to offer citizens the option to register when they apply for such documents. Now, instead of “opting in” to vote, residents in California and Oregon will have to “opt out” of registration. Read full article

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