Should automatic voter registration be enacted in Illinois? No, not if maintaining election integrity is a priority.
Hans von Spakovsky explains how SB 250, the Illinois bill that proposes automatically registering people to vote from the Driver Services and other state and federal databases, will damage the integrity of the voter registration system by enabling the registration of ineligible voters, including non-citizens, as well as multiple registrations of the same people.
This law would make it even easier for non-citizens to register undetected in the state since they would be automatically registered. According to an Associated Press story, officials on the state election board have complained that regardless of the ineligibility of individuals, their information will be forwarded to election officials.
At the same time, mandatory voter registration fails to “remedy the supposed problem it’s intended to solve – low turnout in elections.”
Those who push to shift responsibility for registering from individuals to government under the guise of increased turnout base their claims “on the false premise that large numbers of American don’t vote because they are not registered or it is too difficult to register.”
Yet surveys of non-voters conducted after federal elections by the U.S. Census Bureau disprove these claims. The vast majority of non-voters say they don’t vote because they aren’t interested in elections, aren’t involved in politics, and/or don’t think their vote will make a difference. In short, most non-voters are sitting elections out by choice…
That’s because the motivation to vote is internal; people register because they plan to vote. People who have no interest in voting don’t register to vote — and automatically registering them isn’t going to change those attitudes.
The Left’s motivation to remove all ballot access eligibility safeguards isn’t going to change either.