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Automatic Voter Registration Passes Senate

It is amazing how reflexively anti-democratic and fascist Republicans have become when it comes to voting. They oppose all voting measures and support restricting to the right to white property owning males, as the founders intended. Senate Bill 5 is a simple bill, and yet no Republican voted for it.

Senate Bill 5 SponsorsYes VotesNo Votes
Gay, Hansen, S.McBride, Paradee, Pinkney, Sturgeon, Townsend, WalshSenate Passed 14-7. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend WalshBonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson
Bentz, Longhusrt, Wilson-Anton, Baumbach, Brady, Heffernan, K.Johnson, Kowalko, Lambert, Mitchell, S.Moore, Morrison, K.Williams
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Currently, Delawareans are asked if they would like to register or re-register as voters whenever they engage in a transaction at their local DMV. They then must provide detailed information to complete the voter registration process.  

SB 5 would permit all driver’s license applications to also serve as voter registration applications and allow Delaware DMV to share the information collected on those forms with the Delaware Department of Elections for that purpose, whenever an applicant shows proof of U.S. citizenship. Anyone who does not provide proof of U.S. citizenship will not be registered to vote and will not have their information forwarded to the Department of Elections.   

Each new voter registered through the automatic DMV system would receive notice in the mail confirming their new voter status and providing an opportunity to affiliate with a political party of their choosing, either online or by mail. Voters registered through the DMV’s automatic voter registration system also would have an opportunity to select political party affiliation at a polling site during the first primary election after they are registered.  

SB5 will now move to the House for a committee hearing.

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