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Advocates see the bill as a way to help millions of unregistered Californians.
The way automatic registration works is relatively simple: Eligible citizens are registered to vote when they show up at a Department of Motor Vehicles office to obtain a driver’s license or state ID. The DMV gives the eligible voter a chance to opt out if they prefer not to register. If the person does not opt out, the DMV electronically transfers their voter registration information to the Secretary of State’s office, rather than making election officials enter data by hand from paper registration forms. (The federal National Voter Registration Act of 1993 already requires states to give eligible voters the opportunity to register to vote when they apply for a new or renewed driver’s license.)
I’m a registered voter, I even voted for Jerry Brown but this is going way too far; it was MY choice to register, I made a conscious decision with eyes wide open, however NO ONE has the right or authority to sign me up for anything without my express consent or permission any more than they have the right to tell me who to sleep with.
If you aren’t outraged at this violation of your privacy maybe you haven’t considered the ramifications of losing your Freedom of Choice; how the right of individuals to determine their own actions will ultimately cost you.
Once you’ve been automatically registered to vote, you are in a Centralized Personal Profile Database detailing your name, date of birth, address, phone number, demographic information including ethnicity/race, religion, income and family. Credit score’s, medical and/or psychiatric history, rent or mortgage and tax brackets, insurance carriers and claims, banking information, financial institutions, investments records, volunteer organizations and special interest groups, clubs and memberships, political party affiliation and voter history, shopping habits and of course any criminal history including but not limited to parking tickets and a host of other personalized information giving the government carte blanc to deliberately distribute, sell or be allowed to be intentionally or unintentionally hacked.
As a survivor of domestic abuse you don’t want your abuser getting information through a private investigator buying or hacking their way into a database. Maybe you just want to stay off-grid; again you don’t want to be found. There are a myriad or reason’s not to be automatically registered having all your personal information stored in one place.
Every interaction with a government agency, or business, gathered and collected from a wide array of sources generates information about you, accumulating in a more refined and detailed file. By blindly following and adopting civil management ideologies you’re shifting your right to privacy over to the government and endangering your privileges as a free US Citizen and throwing your freedom of choice right out the window.
The 1974 Federal Right to Privacy Act states in part: “No agency shall disclose any record which is contained in a system of records by any means of communication to any person, or to another agency, except pursuant to a written request by, or with the prior written consent of, the individual to whom the record pertains”. Is it not enough the number on the ballot is printed on a perforated stub which is torn off and placed on a ring before the ballot is cast into the ballot box. Stubs allegedly prove an elector has only voted once and is theoretically anonymous. But are they? A simple desire for privacy should be justification enough; however Gov. Brown just moved free choice further out of your reach.
Stop being influence by media propaganda and politicians making it easier for the government to manipulate and control you with their smoke and mirror canned institutionalized soft interventions thought.
By voluntarily registering to vote we demonstrate our ability to exercise our right to free choice, or at least we used to until this bill was signed.