I am happy to see that automatic voter registration (AVR) became a reality this year. As an honors undergraduate who testified in support of AVR, I would like to think that lawmakers took into consideration the voices of my generation. After all, Hawaii’s future is in our hands. AVR is the logical next step after the success of vote by mail.
The ball is now in Gov. David Ige’s court. AVR allows voter rolls to be efficiently updated thereby reducing waste and ensuring greater representation of communities that may not have been fully engaged in our democracy previously. AVR will help make us a more representative democracy, something that is especially important given the undermining of people’s faith in our elections that continues even now.
Governor Ige, please sign AVR into law now. It’s time.