Hawaii is set to pass automatic voter registration (AVR). Senate Bill 159 passed the state’s House of Representatives and will now head to the state Senate where it is expected to pass.
The bill makes voter registration automatic when a resident applies for a driver’s license or ID card unless they decide to opt-out. Even though immigrants can get driver’s licenses, they cannot register to vote until this program. Voters still must be U.S. citizens.
Already 20 states have AVR policies. Oregon was the first to do this in 2015.