As of Saturday, March 23, 2013
Dufur Too inexperienced
To the editor:
Big Brother is trying to “help” us out again by taking over the responsibilities of citizens. Now Secretary of State Kate Brown’s bill (House Bill 2198 plus amendment) will allow 16-year young people to register to vote.
There are 2 versions. The first: When applying for a driver’s license you would automatically be registered to vote. The second: When applying for a driver’s license you would be asked if you would like to register to vote. Her basic claim for the need of this bill is to remove another barrier to voter registration.
My first concern is allowing a 16-year-old to vote who has not experienced earning a paycheck. It also concerns me, and should every parent of a 16-year-old, that as a voter their private information (legal name, address, and phone number) becomes public to anyone who would choose to have the information for whatever reason, good or bad.
My second concern is allowing DMV to automatically register people to vote. Their job is to issue driver’s licenses. Voting is not automatic and should not be a part of DMV’s job description.
Let’s have the County Clerk’s office do the voter registration and make sure someone is legally able to register to vote.