Eileen McNamara (miss you!) takes our Welfare Whiner to the woodshed:
Would Brown have Massachusetts defy the law designed to ensure that all eligible voters have an opportunity to participate in the electoral process? Is his fear of being judged by a fully representative sample of his constituents really that great?
There is nothing sinister about the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, more widely known as the “Motor Voter Act.” The law requires states to provide voter registration materials to applicants for a driver’s license, unemployment insurance, food stamps and other public assistance. Congress designed the law to address the nation’s anemic voter participation rate. Only half of all eligible voters in this country are registered to vote. Of those who are registered, only 63.6 percent cast a ballot in the last presidential race, according to the Pew Research Center.
We’ve been hammering on this for a few days, so in a nutshell:
- Voting is a fundamental right in a democracy. Encouraging voting is good and healthy.
- The “Motor Voter” law is clear in intent, and broad in scope. Read it!
- The state’s actions in sending out registrations to welfare recipients are plainly within the letter — and spirit — of the law.