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  •  Under the National Voter Registration Act... (12+ / 0-)

    ...(Motor Voter law in common parlance) requires government agencies providing government services to give clients the opportunity to register to vote.

    Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

    by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 01:51:46 PM PDT

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    •  but isn't that (1+ / 0-)
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      for State governments?

      •  The federally run exchanges are included... (11+ / 0-)

        ...because the Affordable Care Act offers consumers public assistance via Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Program and tax subsidies. Government lawyers say they must therefore comply with requirements of the NVRA as does any public assistance program covered by the NVRA.  

        The federally run exchanges operate independently in each state and voter registration that is NVRA compliant must be integrated. The federal Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid included voter registration to meet these requirements.

        Note: Some lawyers disagree on the matter and say NONE of the exchanges are covered by NVRA.

        Don't tell me what you believe, show me what you do and I will tell you what you believe.

        by Meteor Blades on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 02:07:26 PM PDT

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      •  The exchanges are state-by-state, (0+ / 0-)

        though some are federally run because various states are run by jackasses.

        I'd be better to put in a state-by-state vote reg feature.  
        I don't know if the exchanges would have you put in name, dob, and address, or if that's just given to the insurers, but if there is one, they should be able to kick back a semi-completed voter form.  They still need an original signature, so it'd have to be printed out and mailed.  

        A lot of the really good reg targets would be on their parents plans anyway or participating in the medicaid expansion.  I mean, getting them registered is the most important, but if people register thru a state agency, the party doesn't get the same demographic or consumer info as gottavote provided during the campaign, and less opportunity to follow up to get that shit printed and mailed.  It's possible that online voter registration just isn't that useful to begin with except as a source of leads, but yes, this could be better, because any way someone is registered is better than nothing.  Still, if i were playing a partisan game, i'd resist cannibalizing the party's own voter targeting (which of course also means they have to do some).

        Difficult, difficult, lemon difficult.

        by Loge on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 02:18:04 PM PDT

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      •  The Constitution gives states considerable power (0+ / 0-)

        over their own elections, and authorizes them to regulate Federal elections with certain major exceptions, such as the various amendments on voting for women, birthright citizenship, and direct election of Senators, and a completely general power for Congress to pass voting laws about Federal elections. Congress has done this from time to time, as in the Voting Rights Act, the Help America Vote Act, and the Motor Voter Law. Notably, states do not have the power to create separate voter registrations for state and Federal elections.

        So the direct answer to your question is that it is both a state and a Federal matter, as well as a matter for all citizens.

        Ceterem censeo, gerrymandra delenda est

        by Mokurai on Fri Sep 27, 2013 at 06:45:42 AM PDT

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