My Turn: Automatic Voter Registration makes the process easier

Our democracy works best with maximum participation in elections and to vote in elections you must be registered. Hawaii has the opportunity this year to make voter registration much easier through a process called Automatic Voter Registration or AVR for short. There are several bills before the state Legislature that would enact AVR in Hawaii. Under an AVR system, a person is automatically registered to vote when he or she gets or renews a driver’s license unless the person specifically requests not to register. Currently, citizens can register to vote when they get a license but under AVR the registration would be automatic.