Column: Voting is a civil right; voter registration should be automatic

Hawaii has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. My generation is still hopeful that our lawmakers can act quickly to help.

Attending school from home has made me think about how the government could make it easier for more people to participate. This emergency is highlighting the need for greater efficiency across the public and private sectors.

The state’s computers have crashed in the effort to address unemployment claims. People had to stand in lines instead of applying online. The number of COVID-19 cases from different agencies don’t add up. There’s a lot that needs to be fixed.

But there is one area — registering to vote — where our lawmakers could, and should, act quickly to make voting more accessible to my generation, and to all voters. Senate Bill 2005 which proposes automatic voter registration (AVR) is just waiting to be passed. Lawmakers are now re-convening. There is no money attached to this bill. So, why delay?

Great question! Read 16-year old, Charla Teves’ full column on Honolulu Star Advertiser.

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