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More Forced Registration

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Voting’s a right, not a duty.

So voter registration and actual voting should be made easy. But I’m not for mandating that people vote, or for registering them involuntarily.

Which is why I oppose the Automatic Voter Registration Initiative (AVRI), an indirect Nevada initiative that state officials just announced has turned in enough petition signatures.

Now, you may not be familiar with this “indirect initiative” process. These are initiatives that first go to the legislature and then, should the legislature not pass them, appear on a later ballot (in this case, 2018’s) for voters to either enact or reject.

Currently, when Nevadans conduct business at the Department of Motor Vehicles, they’re asked if they’d like to register to vote. If they opt in, i.e., say “yes,” then the DMV transmits their information to the Secretary of State to be added to the voter rolls.

However, the new initiative would automate the process, so every person’s information gets whisked over to the Secretary of State, whether said person wants to be registered or not. It reads: “Unless the person affirmatively declines in writing,” he or she “shall be deemed to be an applicant to register to vote.”

Declining registration must be “in writing”?

A simple, “No, thank you,” won’t suffice?

Now, I understand: should the AVRI become law, the seriousness of the injury Nevada’s government would inflict on those seeking to remain unregistered admittedly pales in comparison to the Japanese internment camps during World War II, the Trail of Tears, civil asset forfeiture abuse, etc., etc.

But still. Assert a simple truth: people have a right to register and vote, which entails a right not to register and not to vote.

This is Common Sense. I’m Paul Jacob.


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3 Comments

  1. Matt Bear says:

    Some people not only don’t want to vote (or even to register) they want to fly under the radar as much as possible. Many states also use voter registration lists to identify people to serve on juries and voter registration lists are also used by collection agencies to find people who might have debts.

  2. Pat says:

    The DMV should have no role in voter registration. Getting a driver’s license or registering a car doesn’t require you to be a citizen. How many non-citizens are registered to vote in the US because they innocently answered ‘yes’, not realizing that they might be guilty of a felony? I agree that voting is a right, but registration should be the responsibility of the individual, unless the DMV is going to first ask for proof of citizenship..

    • H C Juengst says:

      I agree with your premise, but also note that with the system in place many non-citizens have registered to vote due to the idea that all residents should have the privilege to vote. These fraudulant voters were told they would face no prosecution for this felony.

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