Letters

Letters

Automatic voter registration keeps the option open

Jeff Jacoby conflates and intertwines two different issues: the decision to register to vote and the decision to vote in a particular election for a particular candidate (“Registering to vote should be your choice, not the state’s,” Opinion, March 28).

No one wants to compel a person to vote, but making easier the opportunity to vote seems eminently sensible.

Jacoby wishes to give people the opportunity not to vote. Registering to vote does not limit that opportunity. However, if I fail to register, I cannot, if suddenly motivated by outside events, cast a ballot.

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Automatic voter registration preserves that choice in all its democratic splendor.

Martin G. Evans

Cambridge