Last year, Oregon was the first state to pass an automatic registration law; California followed soon after. Republicans generally argue that automatic registration would potentially violate voter privacy, make voting too easy and lead to the registration of non-citizens. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) vetoed an automatic registration bill sent to him by his Democratic-controlled legislature, after suggesting that the measure would increase voter fraud and was only meant to benefit Democrats.
“Automatic voter registration saves time and money, increases the accuracy of our statewide voter checklist, curbs the potential for fraud, and protects the integrity of our elections,” Vermont Secretary of State James Condos said in a statement. “As Secretary of State, I believe voting is a sacred right — one we must protect and encourage by removing unnecessary barriers. Democracy works best when more people participate.”