8:29pm December 12, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder Calls for Automatic Voter Registration

AG Eric Holder testifies before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.

Attorney General Eric Holder said voter registration should be automatic in the U.S.  He called the current voting system in the U.S. “antiquated.”

“It is important for national leaders, academic experts, and members of the public to engage in a frank, thorough, and inclusive discussion about how our election systems can be made stronger and more accessible,” Holder said.

He made the comments during a speech at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Boston. Holder also said that steps should be taken to reduce long lines for voters.  Many lengthy lines were seen in Florida and Virginia and other places around the country on election day.  Republicans in Florida changed the law leading into 2012 reducing the number of voting days.

“The alleged tension between having accessible election systems and having election systems that are free from fraud is simply not real,” Holder said.  ”Modern technology provides ways to address many of the problems that impede the efficient administration of elections,” the Attorney General added.



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Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke
Lauren Victoria Burke is an opinion journalist, comms expert and political analyst focused on justice reform policy. She created Crewof42.com, a blog that covers the work of Black members of Congress, in 2009. Ms. Burke was a staffer for the Senate Democratic Policy Committee and Director of Communications for Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN). She has had a very diverse career in politics and media and appears regularly on NewsOneNow with Roland Martin, Hardball and Up on MSNBC, WVON in Chicago, WURD in Philadelphia and WOL and WHUR in Washington, D.C. She is currently the Managing Editor of Politic365 and a contributing writer for TheRoot and NBC Black where she writes opinion and analysis. Additionally, Ms. Burke has been a contract photographer for Associated Press since 2004. She has authored three books of photography including two on President Obama's 2008 campaign for the presidency and one with Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee. Ms. Burke was born in the Bronx, New York and grew up on Long Island. She holds a B.A. in History from The American University. Here e-mail is: LBurke007@gmail.com. Twitter: @LVBurke. Instagram: LVB325.



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