Expanding The Vote (Part 2)
Last week I posted about how allowing mail-in ballots has increased voter turnout in Oregon. I found it even more encouraging that Democrats across the country are looking at other ways to increase turnout.
In the last few weeks, potential voters in California have been able to register online for the first time, and Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that will allow residents to register and vote on Election Day. Connecticut passed similar legislation this year, and voting rights advocacy groups hope as many as five states might join them next year.
Democratic lawmakers here described the legislation as a potential counterweight to Republican-backed laws in other parts of the country requiring photo identification to vote and making it more difficult to register.
Ironically, the Republican War on Voting has inspired a reaction across the country to expand voting rights. With Voter ID laws being discarded by the courts, it would be wonderful if this expansion is the primary legacy of Republicans trying to hold on to power by stopping people from voting.