TRENTON, N.J. – Last November, the Motor Vehicle Commission implemented a new law that requires the agency to use the information provided by its customers to automatically register them to vote, unless they specifically decline. Now, Assemblyman Ron Dancer wants to expand that law and establish a paper voter registration process at agencies providing hunting, fishing and trapping licenses through the Division of Fish and Wildlife.
“If we really want to increase voter participation, we should expand the number of agencies that offer voter registration,” said Dancer (R-Ocean).
Under Dancer’s bill, if the Secretary of State verifies an office providing hunting, fishing or trapping licenses already collects documents that would provide proof of voter eligibility, it would be required to establish and implement an automatic voter registration process similar to the MVC. Dancer’s bill also creates a paper registration process by designating hunting, fishing or trapping agencies as “voter registration agencies” like the Department of Human Services, Division of Vocational Rehabilitation Services and municipal clerk offices.
“If this is really about participation and not politics, I don’t see why there should be any hesitation in expanding automatic and paper voter registration processes to places that offer hunting, fishing and trapping licenses,” Dancer explained.
With Gov. Phil Murphy’s push to provide driver’s licenses to illegal immigrants and the MVC automatically registering drivers to vote, the potential for voter fraud has many GOP Assembly members concerned.
“I do think we need to do more to encourage voter participation – it’s the reason I introduced this bill – but we also we need to protect the integrity of our elections,” said Dancer. “Every eligible citizen with the right to vote should be doing just that.”