Takoma Park I have long advocated an automatic registration system as a step forward in democracy in America. A couple of days ago there may have been some movement in this direction from a new bipartisan effort called the Committee to Modernize Voter Registration. According to a squib I saw on this new formation, the co-chairs are Trevor Potter, former counsel to McCain’s campaign in 2000 and 2008 and Marc Elias, the former GC for Kerry-Edwards in 2004 and more recently the lead attorney on the lengthy Al Franken challenges in Minnesota.
They come at the problem from the perspective of moving from a paper world to a more modern technological means in tune with modern society. However they get there is fine with me as long as we get there. The key to me is that we start, like other world democracies, to automatically register citizens rather than making them run through a registration maze and end up disenfranchised.