Updated Sep 25, 2023 - Politics & Policy

Trump blasts Gov. Shapiro for Pennsylvania's new automatic voter registration

Former President Trump on Sept. 20 in Maquoketa, Iowa. Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images

Former President Trump blasted Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro on Monday for implementing automatic voter registration.

Driving the news: Trump pegged the switch by the "radical left governor" as a disaster for Republicans and called it a "totally unconstitutional act" in a post on his Truth Social account.

  • Shapiro's spokesperson Manuel Bonder told Axios in a statement that Trump's "obsession with spreading lies about our elections is dangerous."
  • "It is abundantly clear this commonsense, nonpartisan step to securely streamline voter registration and enhance election security is within the Governor's executive authority," he added.

Catch up quick: Shapiro implemented the policy change last week, sidestepping the legislative process in a move that drew pushback from Republican legislators, Axios' Mike D'Onofrio reports.

  • The policy is expected to boost the number of registered voters in the critical swing state ahead of elections this November and next year.

Zoom out: 23 other states, and Washington D.C., already have some version of automatic voter registration.

  • The process allows eligible individuals to be automatically registered to vote when interacting with certain government agencies, like when getting a driver's license or state ID card.

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