Contact: Kerensa Konesni
February 8, 2016
State Senator Mae Flexer (D-Killingly) today announced her enthusiastic support for Secretary of the State Denise Merrill’s proposal that would automatically register people to vote when they are doing business with the state Department of Motor Vehicles, unless they opt out.
The data provided to the DMV would populate a voter registration form. An “e-signature” program would permit an electronic signature to be collected so the person could certify their citizenship, and accept or refuse to register to vote or affiliate with a party. The registration applications would then be electronically transmitted to the Registrars of Voters.
Sen. Flexer said the program could be especially helpful with registering young, first-time voters.
“There was a time in the mid-1960’s when more than half of young people ages 18-24 were registered to vote. That has fallen over the years to just 38 percent—and it sets up some very bad voting habits for the next couple of decades to come,” Sen. Flexer said. “Those in public office must give young people a reason to vote for them, for the public policies that affect and improve their lives. But we also have to make it easier for young people to vote for the first time, and that’s what this motor-voter proposal does. It improves our democracy. I applaud Secretary Merrill for her leadership on this issue.”
Secretary Merrill has submitted draft language to the legislature’s General Administration and Elections Committee for consideration.
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