From an editorial in Friday’s Washington Post:
There has been a fair amount of chortling over the fact that two of Donald Trump's children won't be able to vote for him in New York's upcoming presidential primary. But their disenfranchisement is also indicative of the needless barriers that prevent far too many people from casting ballots. That is no laughing matter.
Ivanka and Eric Trump ran afoul of New York's overly restrictive voting laws. New York does not allow same-day registration, and most absurdly, anyone registered to vote who wanted to change their party registration to vote in Tuesday's primary needed to have done so by Oct. 9 of last year. This is the rule that tripped up the unaffiliated Trumps. Six months before the primary? What purpose does that serve beyond suppressing democracy?
And while New York's rules are among the nation's most restrictive, the Empire State is far from alone in using an arcane system of voter registration.
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Sadly, though, the trend seems to be moving in the opposite direction. Witness the proliferation of state laws requiring voters to present photo IDs at the polls or requiring proof of citizenship to register.
Ivanka and Eric Trump are right to feel embarrassed about not voting Tuesday. But the true guilty parties are those responsible for maintaining high barriers to the franchise.