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House of Representatives
Session of 2013 - 2014 Regular Session


Posted: December 28, 2012 12:26 PM
From: Representative Brendan F. Boyle
To: All House members
Subject: Same Day Voter Registration
In the near future I plan to re-introduce legislation that will allow for same day voter registration on election day.

Voters will have the opportunity to register at their polling place on election day by providing a form(s) of identification that provide a photo, name, and permanent address. Examples include a valid driver’s license or government ID card. Expired forms of ID can also be provided along with a current proof of address.

Six states, Minnesota, Maine, Wisconsin, Idaho, New Hampshire and Wyoming, have same day voter registration programs. Voter turnout in these states averaged 61% in the 1996 and 2000 Presidential elections; 10% higher than the national average.

Critics of same day registration often claim that this will open the door to increased voter fraud. However, in the years since these states have instituted same day voter registration, there has not been one documented incident of voter fraud as a result of same day voter registration.

To ensure a vibrant democracy, we need as close to full participation as possible. This measure will undoubtedly increase voter turnout, and increase the number who have a say in our society. Increased voter participation benefits us all.

If you have any questions, please contact Laurie Fouse-Miller in my office at 717-787-3055.

Introduced as HB178