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House of Representatives
Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: January 24, 2017 11:10 AM
From: Representative Anthony M. DeLuca
To: All House members
Subject: Same Day Voter Registration (HB 292 of 2015)

In the near future I plan to re-introduce legislation (HB 292 of 2015) that will allow for same day voter registration on Election Day.

Thirteen states and the District of Columbia now have same day voter registration programs. In 2012, voter turnout in these states averaged 68.8 percent, as opposed to an average of 58.3 percent in all other states; more than 10 percent higher.

Voters will have the opportunity to register at their polling place on Election Day by providing a form(s) of identification that include 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.

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.

I invite you to join as a co-sponsor of this legislation. Thank you.

Introduced as HB945