Legislation Introduced Allowing Same-Day Registration for Federal Elections

Would help alleviate problems caused by recent Supreme Court decision upholding Indiana's disenfranchising polling place photo ID restrictions

Senators Russ Feingold (D-WI), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN) champion Election Day registration for all federal elections

Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Jon Tester (D-MT) are cosponsors of the bill.

In a move that would help alleviate problems for voters caused by laws like Indiana's highly restrictive and anti-democracy polling place photo ID restrictions, legislation has been introduced in the House and Senate that would allow same-day voter registration for all federal elections.

Same-day registration would help boost voter turnout, and is also a way to alleviate Republican concerns about the nearly non-existent problem of voter fraud, because voters are actually present when they use same day registration. As Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie says, Election Day registration is a "no brainer" and is more secure than advance registration because "you have the person right in front of you - not a postcard in the mail."

Here are some excerpts from a press release issued by Senator Feingold's office:

"The right to vote is at the heart of our democracy, and we should constantly be looking for ways to make it easier for Americans to exercise that right," Feingold said. "Election Day registration has worked well in Wisconsin for more than 30 years and is a major reason why Wisconsin is a national leader in voter turnout. By allowing people to register in person on Election Day, we can bring more people into the process, which only strengthens our democracy."

"For over 33 years, Minnesota's same day registration law has helped produce the highest voter turnout of any state," said Klobuchar. "Same day registration works, it encourages people to be engaged and interested in the issues facing our country - this bill gives a voice to every American who wants to vote."

"In America, our right to vote is a sacred right, and a moral obligation," Ellison stated. "We must do everything that encourages, fosters and facilitates everyone's ability to exercise that right. Enacting a National Election Day Registration law will help counter this deeply flawed Supreme Court ruling that disenfranchises thousands of voters from our most vulnerable communities - the poor, elderly and minority communities."

Please see the press release and a brief AP news report on this important new pro-democracy and pro-right-to-vote legislation.


Legislation Introduced Allowing Same-Day Registration for Federal Elections:

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