Obamacare May Face Another Legal Challenge over Voter Registration

Wednesday, 20 Nov 2013 02:10 PM

By Melissa Clyne

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Obamacare, already litigated in the U.S. Supreme Court and the cause of a 16-day government shutdown, may soon be the impetus for yet another legal battle.
This time the debate will focus on whether states are required to be a one-stop shop providing voter registration applications to people shopping for health plans.
The 1993 National Voter Registration Act requires government agencies to offer individuals the opportunity to register to vote. Whether that law extends to health insurance marketplaces is now at issue, The Washington Post reports.
States are divided on it. Even those that have committed to offering voter registration applications don’t have a uniform method of doing so. Some provide a link on their health exchange website while others send forms to consumers who request them. Still others plan to offer a paper voter applications or provide a form that can be downloaded and then mailed in.
“This could end up being a huge legal battle in many states around the nation,” according to Mindy Romero, director of the California Civic Engagement Project at the University of California at Davis. “The fiercest of the debates will hinge on the impact on the electorate.”
Six states California, Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont, all Democratic strongholds have announced their intention to enforce the National Voter Registration Act from their healthcare marketplaces, the National Journal reports.
Hawaii has decided its exchange is not responsible for registering new voters. Colorado claims that its exchange is not a state agency, but has included a voter registration link on its website anyway, according to the Post. 
Democrats stand to gain politically if Obamacare and the National Voter Registration Act are entwined. Blacks and Hispanics, who make up about half of the nation’s uninsured, tend to vote Democratic, according to the Post, which cited a Washington Post-Kaiser Family Foundation poll last summer showing uninsured Americans supported President Barack Obama over Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney by more than a 2 to1 ratio.
 
Related Stories: 

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Reports: Man Who Jumped White House Fence Had a Knife

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 23:47 PM

The man who got inside the White House on Friday after jumping a fence and running more than 70 yards across the North L . . .

Alan Dershowitz: Strongest Ally in the Middle East Is Israel

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 21:52 PM

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz said on Saturday that the strongest ally in the Middle East in battling the . . .

Wife of British ISIS Hostage Pleads for His Release

Saturday, 20 Sep 2014 20:51 PM

The wife of a British taxi driver being held hostage by Islamic State jihadists implored his captors to release him, say . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved