Pennsylvania Democrat Governor Josh Shapiro announced Tuesday the state has implemented automatic voter registration (AVR) for eligible residents obtaining drivers licenses and ID cards.
“Today, as part of the Shapiro Administration’s commitment to ensuring free, fair, and secure elections, Governor Josh Shapiro announced that Pennsylvania has implemented automatic voter registration (AVR) for eligible Commonwealth residents obtaining driver licenses and ID cards at Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) driver and photo license centers,” a press release from Shapiro’s office read.
“By implementing AVR, Pennsylvania joins a group of 23 states with leaders from both parties – including Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, Georgia, Virginia, and West Virginia – who have taken this step to promote election security and save taxpayers time and money.”
Gov Josh Shapiro announces that Pennsylvania is now an automatic voter registration state. Everytime someone gets or renews their drivers licenses or state ID, they get registered to vote. More mass mail-in ballots for Dems in Philadelphia and Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile PA Democrats… pic.twitter.com/3zTf2yJDTZ
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 19, 2023
Cont. from Gov. Shapiro’s press release:
Starting today, Commonwealth residents who are obtaining new or renewed driver licenses and ID cards and are eligible to vote will be automatically taken through the voter registration application process unless they opt out of doing so. Previously, eligible voters were required to take additional steps to opt into the voter registration process. Today’s changes also increase access to voter registration by adding instructions in five more languages, for a total of 31 languages.
“Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our democracy, and as Governor, I’m committed to ensuring free and fair elections that allow every eligible voter to make their voice heard,” said Governor Josh Shapiro. “Automatic voter registration is a commonsense step to ensure election security and save Pennsylvanians time and tax dollars. Residents of our Commonwealth already provide proof of identity, residency, age, and citizenship at the DMV – all the information required to register to vote — so it makes good sense to streamline that process with voter registration. My Administration will keep taking innovative actions like this one to make government work better and more efficiently for all Pennsylvanians.”
Pennsylvanians have been able to apply to register to vote during these visits at PennDOT centers since the 1993 passage of the National Voter Registration Act, which includes what is known as the motor voter law.
“Registering eligible Commonwealth residents to vote during their visits to driver and photo license centers is a commonsense action,” Secretary of the Commonwealth Al Schmidt said. “The voter is already in a state government facility with their identification documentation in hand, and they will have their picture taken and sign their name electronically. Having all of that happen at the same time means the verification process is extremely secure and makes the registration process more efficient.”
Notice how Shapiro incorrectly calls the United States of America a “democracy.”
We are not a democracy.
We are a constitutional republic.
When one man or woman’s inalienable rights are violated, public servants must be held accountable by We the People.
It doesn’t matter which party holds the ‘majority rule.’
Yet, American politicians like Shapiro want us to believe in mob rule.
Leftist Pennsylvania governor decides to "automatically" register "voters" — a legally-dubious and surefire way to make it easier for ineligible individuals to vote illegally. https://t.co/Pwtg8L2mHg
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) September 19, 2023
The Washington Examiner reports:
In the past, Pennsylvanians could register to vote while getting their license, but the process was not streamlined and required nearly 20 questions. Instead, citizens will now be automatically taken through just 11 questions.
Pennsylvania is the latest of 24 states and the District of Columbia to initiate automatic voter registration.
This comes as both parties have embraced efforts to make voting easier and increase turnout.
The Republican Party — which had long held out, criticizing practices such as early and absentee voting and ballot harvesting — is now making significant efforts to promote the various practices in states.
In a recent Franklin and Marshall poll, President Joe Biden, who claims Pennsylvania as his one-time home, bested former President Donald Trump in a matchup, 42% to 40%.
Shapiro, whose approval rating has increased during his tenure, particularly after his handling of the I-95 reconstruction earlier this summer, is expected to be an important surrogate for the president in Pennsylvania.