Posted by | October 11, 2015 13:00 | Filed under: Contributors Mark Quincy Adams Politics


California Governor Jerry Brown and the Democratic lead Legislature are showing that it can pretty easy to get people registered to vote when you’re not afraid of a little democracy. While conservatives across the country are reacting to the demographic and ideological shift away from them by disenfranchising voters, liberals in California are demonstrating that you can actually make it more convenient for all citizens voices to be heard. Alex Padillia, California Secretary of State, believes the new registration options coming into law will help increase the states low voter turnout.

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“The New Motor Voter Act will make our democracy stronger by removing a key barrier to voting for millions of California citizens,” Padilla said Saturday. “Citizens should not be required to opt-in to their fundamental right to vote. We do not have to opt-in to other rights, such as free speech or due process.

This is what happens when Democrats are in charge. Rather than creating obstacles to voting, they are finding new ways of encouraging people to cast ballots. Instead of creating fake stories about voter fraud, the Governor and Legislature in California have found real ways to make it easier for citizens to have their say.

Brown also signed a bill that permits county elections officials to offer conditional voter registration and provisional voting at satellite offices during the 14 days immediately preceding Election Day. The measure would make voting more convenient according to Sen. Benjamin Allen (D-Santa Monica), the author of SB 439. Another bill signed by the governor will make voting more convenient by allowing voters who use vote-by-mail ballots to drop them off at secure boxes to be located throughout the community before election day. Boxes at shopping malls and libraries would make it easier to cast ballots, officials say.

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By: Mark Quincy Adams

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  • Chris

    Curious how California truly is trying to “spread democracy” like GWB said he was doing in Iraq. And how the Republicans are trying to squash it in states like Alabama by shutting down offices where you can establish voting rights.

    Yep. Real curious.

    • rg9rts

      Might be new there but old hat in New york

      • Chris

        We’ve had early voting in Iowa also. Also, voting by mail, which is how my wife and I vote anymore. Very simple: sit at the kitchen table, fill it out, and drop it in the mail the next morning. Anyone against that is for voter suppression in my eyes.

  • Tommie

    That is the way to do it, you want everyone to vote who qualifies to do so!

  • rg9rts

    In New York..thats been SOP for years…anytime you deal with a government entity you get asked…although NYS is divided pretty evenly ..there has never been a complaint about easy registration for voting…

  • bpollen

    When I was young, males were automatically registered with the Selective Service. (They weren’t perfect – one of my sisters got a notice too…) Why couldn’t the same thing be done nationally for voters?

  • amersham46

    OMG , the Tea Baggers and now scream “How un-American can you get”