Under new Oregon law, all eligible voters are automatically registered to vote unless they opt out.
Why do we have to register at all? If you are eligible, you should vote. Registration is just needless bureaucracy.
That's a very bad idea. People that don't care enough to actually get out and registered to vote don't deserve the right.
Why do we have voter registration? Why is registration not the same thing as eligibility? Not rhetorical, I really don't know
Great - should be a national law.
How about everyone registered fro any federal program is automatically registered - passport, all federal ID cards etc.
Because of the epidemic of voter fraud!!! *heavy sarcasm*
So the diabolical scheme is that someone is going to figure out ahead of time who isn't going to vote... Then they are going to make thousands of fake ID's??? Not realistic at all.
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More people will opt out of something they don't want than people opting into something they do want. So, if as a state/nation we wants people to vote, this is the way to do it. The reason some state have a greater organ donator rate is they have an opt out when getting a state license, people not wanting to donate fail to check the box opting out.
I'm in line with @TomM and @Political on this one. Prefer to be asked.
I prefer the way Georgia does it. When you receive your driver's license, they ask if you would like to register to vote. I said yes, and I am able to vote. It's not that hard at all.
Do you have to renew your licence at 18?
Just curious. I didn't have to renew mine until I was 21 after I got it when I was 16
What about people who don't drive?
There is a way for them to register to vote of course. I just don't know the law.
Should be a national policy
Does that mean if you are breathing?
Should be used all across the country. Oregon voter turnout was over 80% in the 2012 election the turnout of the country as a whole was only 68%.
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It's by secret ballot so we don't know how many of your corpses voted Republican either.
I think corpses are non-partisan. Regardless, Oregon has had zero cases of voter fraud (alleged or otherwise) since instituting motor-voter dmv registration years ago.
You say "currently" so you are saying that in the past Republican corpses have voted.
Oregon votes by mail.
Why are you so sure?
Nemacyst has a severe aversion to evidence.
I think it would be better if they asked if you want to be a voter just like they ask if you want to be an organ donor. I don't like when the government (or private companies) just assume you opt in unless you actively opt out.
Isn't not voting the same thing as opting out?
Opting out of voting is not the same as opting out as being registered by the government as a voter, although I do admit it's relatively close. As a principle I don't think the government should register people in any way unless they individually opt in.
Sorry, I worded that wrong. What I meant to say was why should there be a difference? If you're eligible to vote, why is there an extra step of registration?
I'm totally against forcing people to vote, but I don't understand why there's this extra hoop to jump through. I don't understand its purpose
I gotcha. If you didn't have to register, how would you manage people at the voting place? You would have to check somehow people are eligible to vote, check the age, residency status, not a felon etc. It would be administratively complex and slow.
Ok, felony and residency status make sense. I wonder if it would be easier to register everyone when they become a citizen, and then remove from that list as needed (i.e. When they commit a felony, expatriate, etc), instead of running essentially a new background check every election cycle
I think it is good, so long as sharing the information or making it public still defaults to opt out. I'd hate to start getting political mailings or phone calls because it resulted in politicians or their parties learning of my status as a registered voter without my explicit consent (which I'd never give).
The only organizations who knows are the DMV and the Secy. of State's Office.
Unless you register with a party.
When automatically registered you aren't registered with a party. Check the link below.
People who choose to opt out of the process, even if they don't complete the opting out of voting paperwork, aren't affiliated with a party/wouldn't be targeted by campaigns anymore than they would be now in random sampling survey research.
I knew you wouldn't be automatically registered for a party, and in my state the party issue would be moot since we don't register for parties anyway. It does seem though that politicians have access to voter lists here, since the scoundrels in both parties seem to target voters by name and not just addresses with their infernal junkmail. It's part of the curse of being a registered voter here, but I wouldn't want that to happen automatically (assuming I wasn't already burdened with it) if my state went to opt-out motor voter instead of the easy opt-in that we have had for years. We require proof of state residence, but as far as I know proof of citizenship is not required to get a license here (but is to register to vote), so that might add another opportunity for bureaucratic error with opt-out.
Making it easier to vote is a good thing.
I don't know why this isn't the process in every state. Every eligible voter should be automatically registered to smooth out the process and make voting more simplified.
How? People are automatically registered when they get their state issued ID (license or ID card).
No it doesn't sos.oregon.gov/voting/Pages/motor-voter-faq.aspx
"A qualifying interaction is when an eligible unregistered voter (over 17 years old, an Oregon resident, and a US citizen) visits the DMV to apply for, renew, or replace an Oregon drivers’ license, ID card, or permit"
Voter fraud is incredibly rare. This is a nonissue.
For some people, facts simply do not matter. :(
Fwiw: since instituting the 'motor voter' dmv registration years ago, there have been zero cases of voter fraud in Oregon. All voting in Oregon is done through mail and each ballot must be signed. The signature is verified by election workers against a signature on file. Not sure how this would work under the new system.
iBakes, great job on sourcing facts!