The March 17 Bee reported that Oregon’s legislature was approving automatic voter registration for all the state’s unregistered citizens with Department of Motor Vehicles records.
The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 encouraged states to promote universal voter registration and 22 years later, one state at least has taken that to heart. California should follow Oregon’s lead and go one step further.
A state and a nation that subscribes to representative democracy ought to promote universal citizen registration, but ought also to promote universal voting. That’s right, in two-fer, we could respect the registration act, register every citizen and then respect our constitutional responsibility to represent everyone by processing every uncast ballot in the citizen’s best economic self-interest.
Nothing could be simpler, State Boards of Equalization and the Internal Revenue Service already have our economic profiles on record. Every One Percenter who hasn’t cast a ballot would have a straight Republican ballot processed for them. Everyone else would have a straight Democratic ballot recorded for them. Those who care and don’t like being stereotyped only need to get off their butts and vote their own ballot. Que simple!