• Clinton Calls For Automatic Voter Registration at 18, Rips GOP Candidates

    Hillary Clinton on Thursday called for federal legislation that would automatically register Americans to vote when they turn 18 and mandate at least 20 days of early voting across the country.

    “Every young man or young women should be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18 unless they actively choose to opt-out,” Clinton said during a speech at Texas Southern University. “I think this would have a profound impact on our elections and our democracy.”

    Clinton, speaking at the historically black college, went after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush by name, accusing the Republican presidential hopefuls of taking part in “a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise” minorities, young people and the poor.

    “Republicans are systematically and deliberately trying to stop millions of citizens from voting,” she said. “I call on Republicans at all levels of government, with all manner of ambition to stop fear-mongering about a phantom epidemic of election fraud and start explaining why they are so scared of letting citizens have their say.”

    She called on Congress to pass a bill that would require at least 20 days of early voting across the country, including opportunities for weekend and evening voting, and instituting automatic voter registration.

    “If families coming out of church on Sundays are inspired to vote, they should be able to do just that,” she said.

    Clinton also implied that she wants felons to be given their voting privileges back.

    She said that she was fighting, “for the grandmother who’s turned away from the polls because her driver’s license expired,” and “for the father who’s done his time and paid his debt to society but still hasn’t gotten his rights back.”

    Three-quarters of the seats of the 8,100-seat basketball arena at which Clinton spoke were empty and roped off, leaving the impression that Clinton couldn’t fill the room. An arena security official estimated that there were 2,200 in attendance.

    The Republican National Committee’s communications director for black media, Orlando Watson said that Clinton’s rhetoric on voting rights “is misleading and divisive.”

    “In reality, the vast majority of Americans – including minority voters – support commonsense measures to prevent voter fraud,” Watson said. He also pointed out that “Clinton’s shameless attacks ignore the fact her Democrat-led home state of New York does not allow early voting while dozens of Republican-led states do.

    Alicia Powe

    Staff Writer

    Alicia Powe is a staff writer for Daily Surge. She worked in the War Room of the Rudy Giuliani Presidential Committee and served as a White House Intern during the George W. Bush administration. Alicia has written for numerous outlets, including Human Events, Media Research Center and Townhall.com.

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