Monday, April 10, 2017

Republican Governors Keep Vetoing Legislation That Would Make Voting Easier

On March 21st, Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) vetoed Legislation that would have Automatically Registered Eligible Voters when they sought services from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). The Veto made Sandoval the third Republican Governor to sink automatic Voter Registration Legislation, and all three of them have Seats that will be up for grabs in the next two years.

- Gov. Sandoval will be Term-Limited in 2018.

- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) Vetoed similar Legislation twice, once in 2015 and again in 2016. Christie is Term-Limited and will not be on the Ballot this year.

- Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) also Vetoed Legislation in 2016. Rauner is up for Re-Election in 2018.

It’s not surprising that Republican Governors in these States lack enthusiasm for Automatic Voter Registration, which tends to benefit Democratic Candidates. Hillary Clinton won all three of those States in the 2016 Election, and Democrats see them as Top Targets.

New Jersey will vote for a new Governor this November, and Democratic Candidate Phil Murphy, a Goldman Sachs Banker who has endorsed Automatic Registration, is currently leading the Polls.

The issue is also a priority for Democrats in States where they are looking to Consolidate Power in 2018. Thirty-eight Republican Governors are up for Election next year, including Six in States Clinton won last fall.

Democrats hope that President Trump’s Poll numbers will remain low and help drag down the Party’s Candidates. In States like Washington, Democrats just need to win a small number of Seats to get full control of the state Legislature.

While Automatic Voter Registration may not be at the top of Voters’ minds, Democrats will almost surely advance the Issue anywhere they claim a Governor’s House and Legislature next year.

NYC Wins When Everyone Can Vote! Michael H. Drucker
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