Editorials: Assessing Clinton’s call for automatic voter registration | Carl P. Leubsdorf/Dallas Morning News

Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton’s call for an automatic national voter registration system has attracted predictable criticism ranging from doubts about the constitutionality of a federal standard to charges it’s a partisan ploy to help the Democrats. To be fair, at a time Republicans have initiated most efforts to restrict the electorate and Democrats are pushing most measures to expand it, it’s clear which party both think a larger electorate would help. Surveys of non-voters in the past two elections agree Democrats would benefit, though some analysts say one can’t be sure and state-by-state variations are likely. But that’s not really the issue. The world’s leading democracy ought to make voting as easy as possible so that as many Americans as possible choose our leaders. Though some states have reformed their voting systems, most have not; if they don’t, the federal government should. But given the degree of partisanship and gridlock in Washington, it will be very difficult, even if the election puts Clinton in position to try.

Full Article: Carl P. Leubsdorf: Assessing Clinton’s call for automatic voter registration | Dallas Morning News.

Comments are closed.