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Good reasons not to rush voter-registration mandate

If the multiple messages sent by the 2011 Legislature about when the state should require proof of citizenship for voter registration weren't enough, the delays in implementing a new Division of Vehicles computer system and completing redistricting should be. Yet the House inexplicably voted again this week to move up the proof-of-citizenship mandate to be effective June 15 rather than Jan. 1. Even if the threat of voter fraud were real and sizable, it wouldn't justify passing such a document mandate before the state is ready. The Senate should say "no."