The case for Hillary Clinton’s proposal to make voter registration automatic is simple: it will make it easier for people to vote.
The case against Hillary Clinton’s proposal to make voter registration automatic is also simple: it will make it easier for people to vote.
If that sounds a bit odd to you, then read Daniel Foster’s argument against Clinton’s idea, which lays the objection bare: “the people who can’t be bothered to register (as opposed to those who refuse to vote as a means of protest) are, except in unusual cases, civic idiots.” And who wants civic idiots choosing our next president?
@zackroth yes. The point is that “moar democracy” isn’t automatically superior, if the new voters you’re bringing in are less informed.
— Daniel Foster (@DanFosterType) June 5, 2015
For a rejoinder, read Slate’s Jamelle Bouie, who writes, “You get better at voting the more often you do it. Relatively uninformed voters in one election might become highly informed voters a few cycles later. More participation could make us a more engaged country.”