A St. Peter state representative is backing a bill that he said may break down some of the barriers to voting in Minnesota.

“The automatic voter registration,” explained DFL Representative Jeff Brand, “So, anybody that gets a driver’s license, an instructional permit, or a state I.D. would be automatically registered to vote.”

Brand added, “I think this is just a smart way to do things. To break down those barriers, to give people an opportunity to vote without having to worry about registering and that sort of thing.”

Under the bill, anyone of voting age that is qualified to cast a ballot and gets a driver’s license, instructional permit, or state I.D. would be automatically registered to vote.