Voter Suppression

Chris Christie Doesn’t Want You to Vote

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has finally decided to veto an automatic voter registration bill that he's been sitting on for months because, according to him, automatic registration creates more opportunity for fraud.

After sitting on the “Democracy Act” for almost five months, the governor and Republican presidential candidate vetoed his third voting rights-related bill in three years, according to the Brennan Center for Justice. [...]

“In New Jersey, we have early voting that are available to people,” he said in June. “I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud.

It's not clear to me how automatic voter registration would increase opportunities for fraud. On the contrary, wouldn't automatic registration actually reduce the number of opportunities for fraud? If you're contending, as the governor appears to be, that fraud begins at registration, I would think automatic registration would eliminate the middleman.

Legitimate cases of voter fraud uncovered over the last 10 years are fewer in number than UFO sightings counted in a single day.

The New Jersey Working Families (NJWF) non-profit reportedly intends to force a vote on automatic registration with a ballot initiative.

  • Badgerite

    After “Bridgegate” this is someone who talks about fraud? As if.

  • Christopher Foxx

    “I don’t want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud.”

    Y’know what would eliminate all possibility of fraud? Shut down ALL the voting booths. If nobody can vote, then nobody can vote fraudulently.

    I’m surprised the Republican Party hasn’t already got this in their platform.

    • muselet

      The GOP doesn’t want to tip its hand too soon.

      –alopecia

  • muselet

    Chris Christie is probably smart enough to know he’s talking cobblers, but the GOP’s articles of faith include the belief in voter fraud, so he had no real choice but to veto the bill.

    In a way, it’s almost charming. Chris Christie still thinks he has enough of a chance of being the Republican candidate for President he’s willing to jump through this particular hoop. He’s like a thirteen-year-old who still believes in Santa Claus.

    –alopecia

    • ninjaf

      If he actually signed the bill into law, he might gain some respect from primary voters, since they so seem to love the “mavericks” and “outsiders” yet again.

      But I jest.

  • David Greenberg

    From an undisciplined, obese, self absorbed bully who clearly doesn’t recognize that his fifteen minutes of fame are over. Speaking now from the “kiddy table”, you’d think even he would get the picture. The Italians say “you get the government you deserve”. I’d point the finger at New Jersey, but I live in Florida so I guess I shouldn’t.