Oregon Governor Kate Brown signed legislation to automatically register 300,000 to vote—300,000 people who were too apathetic to make the effort to register themselves.
Isn’t “promoting voting” the job of campaigns and candidates?
From Yahoo! News:
Gov. Kate Brown signed a bill that puts the burden of registration on the state instead of voters.
Under the legislation, every adult citizen in Oregon who has interacted with the Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division since 2013 but hasn’t registered to vote will receive a ballot in the mail at least 20 days before the next statewide election. The measure is expected to add about 300,000 new voters to the rolls.
“It just changes expectations for who’s responsible for making elections work,” said Barry Burden, a professor of political science at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and director of the Elections Research Center. “In every other state it’s the responsibility for the voters to make sure it happens.”
So basically Oregon wants a government for the people but not of or by the people. The more apathetic and uninformed voters dropping ballots in the mail with minimal personal effort the better for big government Democrats.
Yeah, Texas really “longs” for that sort of governor. That’s why Wendy Davis lost by double digits.