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Washington Governor Jay Inslee (D), just signed a Universal Voter Registration Law.

The most consequential measure is one that would require the state Department of Licensing to automatically register citizens obtaining a state driver’s license or identification card to vote.

Oregon, the first state to automatically register voters, added nearly a quarter-million new voters to its rolls in just the first year the program began operating back in 2015. California estimates it will add as many as 6.6 million new voters under its own plan, adopted a few months after Oregon.

Democracy is served when more people participate,” Inslee said at the bill-signing ceremony at a Seattle-area high school.

Justice Served?

  • One does not have to be a US citizen to obtain a drivers license.
  • Any system that does not require proof of citizenship is unconstitutional.
  • Justice is not served when illegal aliens can vote.

Three Questions

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  1. If someone does not want to bother to register, is justice served when they vote?
  2. What mechanisms are in place to ensure that US citizens, and only US citizens, are automatically registered.
  3. Assuming there is a reasonable answer to question two, what's the cost of this verification?


I received several comments along these lines:

The Hill article on the bill signed by Gov. Inslee is misleading. The automatic voter registration will be for those who have enhanced driver's licenses, which are issued only after citizenship has been proved.

I am actually quite leary of "The Hill". I strive not to link to them for these kinds of reasons.

I worded my questions the way I did, on purpose, because much of the time The Hill is nothing but clickbait.

That said, all three of my questions are still valid.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock