Majority oppose automatic voter registration - 247 participants, 565 responses

Jul 27, 2016

In states with automatic voter registration, eligible voters are sent a card after an interaction with a government agency, informing them that they have been registered to vote and giving them the choice to opt-out if they desire. On July 27, the LFDA decided to put New Hampshire’s policy on this issue to its Facebook members, posting the question, “Should NH automatically register voters when they interact with a state agency such as the DMV?”

“Should NH automatically register voters when they interact with a state agency such as the DMV?”

Results: Yes or No Respondents

Participation:

A total of 85% of those participating gave a 'yes or no' response to the question. The remaining 15% of participants engaged in the discussion but did not give a yes or no response. In total, the LFDA received 565 responses from 247 individuals. (Click here for details on our methodology.)

What Participants Said:

No: The majority of ‘yes or no’ respondents, at 77%, opposed automatically registering voters when they interact with a state agency.

  • “There is already a well-established process for registering to vote. Use it.”
  • “If you are too lazy or ignorant to register, you have no business voting.”
  • “Voters need to register and cast votes themselves. This smells of voter fraud.”

Yes: A minority, at 23% of ‘yes or no’ respondents, were in favor of automatically registering voters when they interact with a state agency.

  • “The more voters there are the healthier our democracy becomes, regardless of party.”
  • “We need to make it easier for people to register to vote.”
  • “Yes, as long as it’s verified that they are who they say they are and that they meet all voter eligibility requirements.”

Other: As noted above, 15% of those participating did not give a yes or no response, instead addressing their comments to related questions and issues. These included:

  • Illegal immigration and voter fraud: “Non-citizens should not be allowed to vote.”
  • Alternative suggestions: “I think it would be great if there were voter registration rallies at high schools.”
  • Eliminating registration: “By using existing databases like drivers’ licenses, taxes, or Social Security numbers you actually eliminate the need for voter registration thus reducing the role of government, not the opposite.”

*Editor selection of actual participant quotes. 

Click here to read the full Facebook discussion of this question. 

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Do you think NH should automatically register voters? Leave a comment and have your say! 

Comments

Jeffrey Harris
- Epping

Wed, 09/28/2016 - 7:29am

Sure, why not? But we must be fair. So, why not have LATE voting too?
WHATS THE PROBLEM HERE?
Youknow when the we have elections. If you are going away, get your absentee ballot. Hey, that's is early voting.
Thank you,

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