Gov. Brown approves automatic voter registration for Californians
Los Angeles Times
October 10, 2015
Targeting California’s recent record-low voter turnout, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed a measure that would eventually allow Californians to be automatically registered to vote when they go the DMV to obtain or renew a driver’s license.
The measure, which would also allow Californians to opt out of registering, was introduced in response to the dismal 42% turnout in the November 2014 statewide election.
That bill and 13 others the governor signed Saturday, will “help improve elections and expand voter rights and access in California,” Brown’s office said in a statement.
Some 6.6 million Californians who are eligible to register to vote have not registered, according to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who supported the legislation as a way to increase voter participation.
“Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote.”
– Secretary of State Alex Padilla
The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens,” Padilla said Saturday. “Citizens should not be required to opt in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt in to other rights, such as free speech or due process.”
The law takes effect Jan. 1, but the new registration process will not be offered until the state completes work on a new voter registration database called VoteCal, which is expected around June 2016, the time of the presidential primary election.
Currently, driver’s license applicants are asked whether they want to register, and if they do, they are supposed to be given a paper registration form to fill out, although activists say that does not always happen.
he new system would register applicants when they visit a Department of Motor Vehicles office to get a new license or renew an expiring one, unless they opt out, and without having to fill out a new paper form.
“It’s removing the first barrier to voting, which is registration,” said Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego), the bill’s author, on Saturday. “It’s going to lead to millions more Californians being registered to vote, which means more people we can talk to.”
Voting rights activists, including CalPIRG Executive Director Emily Rusch, said the voter registration bill was much-needed medicine for a system that is ailing.
“A well-functioning democracy depends on the participation of its citizens,” Rusch said, noting that the registration gap is most severe for young people. Only 52% of eligible youth 18-24 were registered to vote before the last election.
Brown also signed a bill that permits county elections officials to offer conditional voter registration and provisional voting at satellite offices during the 14 days immediately preceding Election Day. The measure would make voting more convenient, according to Sen. Benjamin Allen (D-Santa Monica), the author of SB 439.
Another bill signed by the governor will make voting more convenient by allowing voters who use vote-by-mail ballots to drop them off at secure boxes to be located throughout the community before election day. Boxes at shopping malls and libraries would make it easier to cast ballots, officials say.
The measure by Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills) requires the secretary of State to develop guidelines for the use of drop-off boxes, including security measures, by Jan. 1, 2017.
Complete article HERE.
Helpful Democrat Assisting His State? Not from where I see it…. The following information totally destroys any idea of that. (Must be the air or smoke from wildfires!)
MORE THAN HALF OF NEW CA DRIVER’S LICENSES GO TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS
Reported july 18, 2015
Post can be read HERE.
Of the 759,000 total licenses the DMV has issued, 397,000–or 52 percent–have gone to [illegals].”
The surge in illegal licensing is the result of AB 60–a California law that went into effect at the beginning of the year. The law allows applicants to get a license by “only [proving] their identity and California residency, rather than their legal presence in the state.”
According to The Sacramento Bee, the number of applicants is far exceeding the numbers discussed when AB 60 was being considered. Bill proponents predicted “1.4 million applicants over three years,” but they have already received “nearly half a million” applications in the first half of 2015 alone.
The California DMV was overwhelmed at first, and applicants faced “longer wait times and had difficulty making appointments.” DMV spokesperson Jessica Gonzalez said, “It did take a little bit of time to get us acclimated, and now we’re seeing wait times trending down.”
AB 60 was championed by Democrats and “immigrant advocates.” The law is structured in a way that prevents the DMV from sharing information on illegals with agencies.
The bill’s chief sponsor–Assemblyman Luis Alejo (D-Watsonville)–responded to the massive number of illegals getting licenses by suggesting AB 60 makes California roads more secure. He said, “Our roads are now safer knowing 400,000 people who were likely already driving are licensed and insured.”
Dam*!*$ I hate when I am right. This is a companion piece to my Electoral College post today. California has totally gone beyond the pale. They could in essence nearly overrule every other state in the Union with this especially if a few Democrat states upheld their choice for President. Not only is this voter fraud but a clear manipulation by socialist Democrats to overrule every law in the land. Think Pelosi on steroids. This needs addressed immediately. Did Brown honestly think he could use low voter turn out to do a voter sneak or that no one would notice?