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Jonathan Bernstein

Fix Voter Registration Now

Voter registration should be automatic, portable and permanent.
Why all the hurdles to voting?
Why all the hurdles to voting?

It's National Register To Vote Day. That's fine, people should register to vote. If you haven't registered, consider this your reminder to do so.

But voter registration in the U.S. is a disgrace. It's simply an unnecessary hurdle to voting. It shouldn't depend on individual action that (in most states) must be taken long in advance of elections, usually when most people aren't paying attention to politics. Voter registration should be, as it is in many democracies, automatic, portable and permanent. The burden should be on the government to make voting easy.