Does anyone remember a time when some considered New Jersey Governor Chris Christie to be a kind of cool Republican? The kind who didn’t always stick to the establishment B.S. despite his anti-liberal views?

Well that guy is clearly dead and gone in the wake of the Trump campaign, and what he has left behind is a humorless husk of hatred, intent on carrying out the most vindictive policies possible.

This reality was brought to the forefront this week when the Governor struck down a bill which would have automated the process of registering voters by automatically registering voters when they receive or renew their driver’s license.

The bill, which would have allowed citizens to opt-out if they so desired, seemed to have no downsides, but Christie, being the good Republican that he is, brought up the mythical voter fraud as a reason to ban the bill.

Said Christie in reference to the bill,

“This is just like a cocktail of fraud. I don’t think a lot to ask someone if you want to exercise your right and the privilege to vote to actually register.”

Sure, to priveleged Christie, it may not be much at all, but if he would take a look at the number of unregistered voters in his state, he might sense that there is some barriers there that he could easily dissolve by passing a law like this. Either way, what harm does it do to have more registered voters in the country?

It’s worth nothing that in the same fell swoop, Christie shot down a bill which would have allowed 17-year-olds to vote in the primary if they would be 18 by election day. Some other states have implemented this law and it seems like a wonderful way to invigorate young voters from the get-go.

But as we know too well from Republicans, the less voters they can get to the polls in November, the better.

 

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com