Dead in The Driveway?

A House bill on voter registration faces a certain, if awkward, veto

Less than a week after George Bush stopped briefly in Panama to herald "the rising tide of democracy across the Americas," the House of Representatives approved a plan sponsored by Democrats to simplify voter registration across the nation -- just in time for the fall election. The so-called motor-voter bill would require states to make it possible to register by mail, at a variety of public buildings and bureaus, and when applying for a driver's permit. But the 268-to-153 vote fell well short of the two-thirds majority needed to override an all but certain presidential veto. "Motor-voter," said top White House...

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