Boise Democratic Rep., and Idaho Secretary of State candidate, Holli High Woodings is pushing what she calls a DMV voter registration bill, which would allow registration to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles. But even she admits that could be a challenge to get it through her House State Affairs Committee. “Tough crowd,” wrote Woodings on her Facebook page after presenting before the committee Feb. 18. The bill, as written, would allow, but not require, Idaho citizens to register to vote at the same time they register with the DMV.
Electronic files would be remitted to county clerks’ offices throughout the state on a weekly basis, replacing (if an elector) a paper voter registration card. The bill includes an opt-out clause if electors to choose to register with the traditional paper form.
Woodings faced multiple questions from her fellow committee members, including Meridian Republican Rep. Joe Palmer who wanted to know details of how the Idaho Department of Transportation would process the applications and what the associated cost might be.