I can’t believe that I actually just typed that, but, for the first time since I can ever remember, Illinois had a great action. This morning, Illinois passed a law that provides for automatic voter registration at the age of 18. This can have a myriad of advantages, with very few disadvantages.
The most important advantage that this it can be used to eliminate voter suppression. If everyone is registered to vote at the age of 18, then no one who shows up to the voting booth is going to be denied the ability to vote, nor will the fundamentals of democracy be placed at risk. Because Illinois established the automatic voter registration, this is going to do a lot for the people of Illinois. The rest of the country should follow this.
However, one of the arguments is that people don’t want to be registered to vote, but they still benefit from the system. This is not going to require people to vote, after all, most people who are registered to vote don’t. But it does make sure that everyone who wants to vote is able to vote, and, in our system of Democracy, that is a fundamental right that has been denied for far too long.