MVA provides sufficient opportunity for voters to register now

February 26, 2011

I believe your analysis of the situation you describe in this editorial, ("Motor voter efforts come up short," Feb. 24), is flawed and misguided for the following reasons:

First, you state, "Ensuring that the eligible are registered to vote ought to be a top priority." What responsibilities are the MVA's vs. the individual's to "ensuring" that this occurs? It appears that the Motor Vehicle Administration provides the opportunity and a reasonable means toward this objective. You apparently place a greater responsibility (and a more costly one) on the MVA. It should be a shared responsibility.

Then you note, "Those who show up in MVA offices are, indeed, asked if they want to register. But then they are obligated to sign and return separate forms." You apparently think that signing and returning certain forms is an undue burden. The person arriving at the MVA for a driver's license should also be self-motivated to register to vote. If they are not, then maybe, just maybe, they would not be good candidates to participate in this extremely important privilege. Too many voters are already ill-prepared to perform this function. Unless, of course, you believe they will read your editorials and follow your suggestions.

Finally, you observe, "thousands of people who have started the registration process at the MVA have never actually registered — a failure rate of perhaps one in four. MVA officials blame the applicants…" I believe the MVA officials have it exactly right. Individuals have to accept responsibility when provided the opportunity. What's so difficult about signing and returning forms? I don't want to spend additional taxpayer dollars because some people are not self-motivated or are ill-prepared to participate in the democratic process. What's next, should the MVA go to their homes in the morning, wake them up and feed them breakfast before driving them to the MVA?

I believe your editorials should focus on suggesting solutions for the real problems facing our State, i.e. reducing rather than increasing spending so we can live within our means.

Daniel T. Brulinski

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