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Automatic voter registration bill killed in Senate

Automatic voter registration bill killed in Senate

The Maryland Senate on Thursday killed a bill that would have automatically registered people to vote when getting their driver's license.

Some senators, mainly Republicans, had raised concerns that non-citizens wouldn't be weeded out of the voter rolls, because they can receive driver's licenses. Concerns also were raised that domestic violence victims or people who want to keep their identity as private as possible would be automatically on voting databases.

In a rare maneuver, opponents asked for a roll call vote on adopting the report on the bill from the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee. Usually committee reports are adopted without a recorded vote....