CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A push to automatically sign up voters that began with new laws in Oregon and California will soon likely hit a third, notably less liberal state — West Virginia.

The proposed change has taken a less-than-conventional route to the governor's desk.

After condemning a Republican voter ID bill as the "voter suppression act," Democrats offered an amendment to include automatic registration when people get driver's licenses or IDs. The Republican-led Legislature accepted it without much resistance.

The reception was much cooler on the West Coast — only one Republican in California and none in Oregon voted for similar automatic registration setups. And in New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie vetoed a similar proposal cleared by Democrats last year.

But West Virginia's Republican Senate president had only positive things to say.

"If managed properly, automatic registration is a great benefit to our citizens and will encourage more people to go to the polls," said Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer.

Advocacy groups like the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law say West Virginia's action indicates there shouldn't be a partisan divide over automatic registration. They point to the Vermont House of Representatives' recent unanimous vote for automatic registration, and the more than two dozen other states considering similar bills this year.

Opponents are concerned the laws could result in errors in voter registration databases and potentially lead to fraud, particularly in the 12 states — including California — that grant driver's licenses to people who can't prove they're in the country legally. Officials in Oregon and California say it's clear from driving records who is a citizen.

Opponents also believe automatic registration only adds apathetic people to the voter rolls and wouldn't improve turnout, said Logan Churchwell, spokesman for True the Vote, which advocates for voter ID laws and opposes automatic registration.

It's now up to Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, a Democrat, to decide if West Virginia will join the automatic voter registration movement that has drawn praise from President Barack Obama and Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant, a Democrat, said she thinks the change could have a huge impact in getting more people registered. The Mountain State has some of the nation's worst turnout numbers.

Although Tomblin hasn't taken a stance on the bill, he supports the idea of automatic registration and has generally said requiring IDs to vote wouldn't be a big deal in the state.

The bill's ID requirements also were loosened — items from utility bills to fishing licenses count. Poll workers or friends could also vouch for voters who can't produce identification.

"I think what was ultimately passed was a bill that almost everyone can comply with in voting because there are so many ID choices, and a bill that's going to end up registering a lot more people to vote," said Sen. Corey Palumbo, a Kanawha County Democrat who introduced the automatic voter registration amendment.

Like California, West Virginia's requirements would be in place for the 2018 elections. West Virginians getting driver's licenses now can check a box to register to vote. The new initiative would make them check a box if they do not want to register.

Oregon has seen droves of new registrations since its law took effect Jan. 1.

In a typical month, 2,000 people register to vote in Oregon. Through the year's first 24 business days, 15,502 people registered there under a new initiative automatically registering voters when they apply for driver's licenses.

Del. Patrick Lane opposed West Virginia's bill because he was concerned those automatically registered wouldn't vote. He also wondered why the DMV was singled out and why other locations where voters can sign up weren't included.

Still, some voting rights groups say the voter ID bill could still discourage people from voting, even with a long list of ID options.

"They may not be aware that there are all these other types of these IDs are available," said American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia Policy Director Eli Baumwell.

True the Vote believes the ID requirement will be "much more important going forward" when weighing the two components of the bill, Churchwell said.

"But to see them both baked into the same cake, I think this is the first time we've ever seen it," he said.