West Virginia may become 3rd automatic voter signup state

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By JONATHAN MATTISE
Associated Press

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A push to automatically register voters that began in Oregon and California could soon hit a third, notably less liberal state – West Virginia.

After condemning a voter ID bill as the “voter suppression act,” Democrats offered an amendment to include automatic registration when people get driver’s licenses or IDs, with an opt-out option.

The Republican-led Legislature accepted it.

Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin will decide if West Virginia joins the automatic voter registration movement that has drawn praise from President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Like California, West Virginia’s requirements would be effective in 2018.

Oregon’s law took effect Jan. 1. Through the year’s first 24 business days, 15,500 Oregonians were newly registered. Generally, 2,000 Oregon voters are registered monthly.

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