Video: Hillary Clinton Calls For Automatic Voter Registration In Houston Speech

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited Houston Thursday to accept a leadership award from Texas Southern University.



Clinton called for measures to make voting easier, including automatic voter registration for those 18 and over.

“Between a quarter and a third of all eligible Americans remain unregistered and therefore unable to vote,” she said. “And we should modernize our entire approach to registration.”

Before hundreds of people at TSU’s basketball arena, Clinton also called for an expansion of the early voting period.

“We should set a standard across our country of at least 20 days of early in-person voting everywhere, including opportunities for weekend and evening voting,” she said. 

Clinton also criticized former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who she says has worked to make voting more difficult by allowing a new voter ID law in Texas.

Perry has just announced his candidacy for president of the United States.

In response to Clinton’s speech, an official with the Republican National Committee called Clinton’s comments “misleading and divisive” and said that a majority of Americans support measures to prevent voter fraud.

Clinton’s half-hour speech came after she accepted the inaugural Barbara Jordan Gold Medallion leadership award.

Clinton speaking after award

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Florian Martin

Florian Martin

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Florian Martin is the News 88.7 business reporter and also covers criminal justice, guns and shootings.Florian's stories can frequently be heard on other public radio stations throughout Texas and on NPR nationwide. Some of them have earned him awards from Texas AP Broadcasters, the Houston Press Club, National Association of...

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