Oregon’s new Governor, Kate Brown, used to be Secretary of State and in charge of voting. It makes sense that the first major piece of legislation that she’s going to sign is the state’s new automatic Motor Voter registration bill.
Sweeping first-in-the nation legislation making voter registration automatic in Oregon was signed into law on Monday by Governor Kate Brown, potentially adding 300,000 new voters to state rolls.
The so-called Motor Voter legislation will use state Department of Motor Vehicles data to automatically register eligible voters whose information is contained in the DMV system, with a 21-day opt-out period for those who wish to be taken off the registry.
It seems to me that this is brilliantly beating the GOP at its own voter suppression law game. You want to protect the sanctity of the vote by requiring a state ID like a driver’s license to vote? Fine, then let’s make it so that getting a driver’s license gets you registered automatically. Naturally, Republicans are freaking out over this.
“A one-size-fits-all approach to voter registration does not work for our most vulnerable citizens that could be endangered if their personal information is suddenly made public,” Republican state Senator Kim Thatcher said in a statement.
Maybe Republicans should have thought about that before requiring a “one-size-fits-all” approach to making government information being necessary to vote in two dozen states. Yes, I know a Motor Voter bill like this will never pass GOP state legislatures because the whole point is to keep people from voting at all, but then again this kind of proves the point about GOP Voter ID laws being about suppression, doesn’t it?
Liking Kate Brown already, hasn’t even been on the job for more than a few weeks and she’s already making a difference.