U.S. Citizens of voting age would be automatically registered to vote when they apply for or renew their Florida driver license under a measure filed Wednesday by Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth.
The measure (SB 234) would require the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to automatically register U.S. citizens who reach voting age, but applicants who do not wish to be registered could opt out.
Clemens said the bill would ease the burden on local election supervisors and increase the ranks of voting Floridians. He called the measure a non-partisan effort that would help alleviate recent controversy over registration efforts.
“I’m not sure I expect the change will result in more people voting, but do believe it will change some of the hassle we have created over the voter registration process,” Clemens said.