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Democratic Reform Manifesto Part 1 of 8: Automatic Voter Registration

Definitions:

Democrat: one of the two major contemporary political parties in the United States.
Reform: v, to make changes in something typically social, political or economic institution or practice in order to improve.
Manifesto: n, a public declaration of policy and aims, especially one issued before an election by a political party or candidate. A mission statement.
Reading the Richmond Free Press this week November 21 – 24, 2018, I was able to review a selection written by Jesse Jackson, Sr. entitled, “Prospects, peril for new Dem majority”.
Mr. Jackson talks about the current opportunity facing the Democratic Party. Diving right into the change he believes that his party needs to facilitate, “To use hearings and legislation” to work on “Long overdue change for America”.
He goes on to advise, “the Democrats have to defend democracy”.
In addition, Mr. Jackson goes on to mention and title this, his party’s “reform manifesto.”
1. Automatic Voter Registration.
2. Curbing Big Money in Politics.
3. Defending Health Care.
4. Democracy Reform.
5. Ending Gerrymandering.
6. $15.00 Minimum Wage.
7. Revival of Voters Rights Act.
8. Roll Back Voter Suppression.
Ok. My first question is where is the roadmap of how the party is going to achieve this great manifesto?
Mr. Jackson goes onto allege that President Donald Trump campaigned “by rousing fear of a fake invasion of immigrants.”
Hmmm, I thought that I was going to get some direction to the manifesto. There was nothing. So, I am going to do some further digging on my own. In the immortal words of Method Man from the song “How High”, takin’ from the top, tippy……
1. Automatic Voter Registration: AVR is an opt out policy where an eligible voter is placed on the voter rolls of his/her state at the time they interact with a motor vehicle agency (DMV). The potential voter can opt out or “decline to be registered” and register on their own with the State Department of Elections.
From my research, it has been said to be an “innovative policy” to streamline the way Americans register to vote. This common sense reform (I can’t believe I am using this terminology in a sentence) increases registration, cleans up voter rolls and saves states money. Currently 13 states and the District of Columbia use this program. (Alaska, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Washington DC, Illinois,  Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont. Washington State and West Virginia join the ranks in 2019).
The process seems simple enough the opt in completes the voter registration application. The information is shared from the DMV to the State Board of Elections. The State Board of Elections is looking to verify citizenship, age and residency.
In addition newly registered voters can select a party affiliation and send back a completed selection form, declined to become registered or take no action and become a registered unaffiliated voter.
Looking at AVR in the Commonwealth of Virginia it seems like it is policy but not yet code. Currently the code is stalled in the General Assembly. As of February 18, 2018 HB 403 Voter Registration, Automatic Voter Registration is sitting with the House of Delegates Prevliges and Elections subcommittee. The bill in its current form was sponsored by Delegate Mark Levine Democrat from District 45.
After doing some research, I hope that this legislation will help save our Commonwealth money in addition to protecting us from voter fraud which is negatively impacting other parts of the United States.

About Corey Fauconier

Corey “Sage” Fauconier is a native of Cambria Heights, Queens, New York who currently resides in Henrico, Virginia. He is a graduate of Hampton University with a degree in Political Science (1994) and a Paralegal Studies Certificate (1996). Former Libertarian Candidtate for Virginia State Senate 2017. First Black Communications Chair of the Libertarian Party (2016), Hip Hop voice for the Libertarian Pary of Virginia and North Carolina.

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Tom White Says:

Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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