Should same day voter registration be the law of the land?

  1. WASHINGTON - Does election-day registration increase cheating or encourage voter turnout?
    U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison thinks Minnesota's same-day registration explains its top national ranking in voter participation, and has introduced a bill that would make it the law in federal elections coast to coast.
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    Ritchie, along with a panel of experts, testified that election-day registration has helped voter turnout in the more than half-dozen states where it is in effect. In Minnesota, 78 percent of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2004 presidential election. Ritchie called Minnesota's 1973 changeover to same-day registration "a new era in voting rights."
    http://www.startribune.com/10223/story/1540731.html

    I hope that this becomes the law of the land. I think it is a positive good to encourage electoral participation.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   dria
    i agree. voter participation in the us is abysmal.
    i would think that 35 years of success in mn would be enough to prove the mentioned fears of fraud unfounded-especially with the advent of electronic voting.
  4. by   CHATSDALE
    Depends
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    depends on what they types of id is required
    if they come up with a utility bill or other none specfic id i wuld not b in favor of it
    votor registeration is offered at dmv offices and in welfare/food stamp offices there is any number of ways that they can become register with out causing a line to back up on voting day
  6. by   HM2VikingRN
    Quote from CHATSDALE
    depends on what they types of id is required
    if they come up with a utility bill or other none specfic id i wuld not b in favor of it
    votor registeration is offered at dmv offices and in welfare/food stamp offices there is any number of ways that they can become register with out causing a line to back up on voting day
    Here are the MN requirements:

    You can register at your polling place on election day. You will need one of the following to verify your residence:
    • Minnesota driver’s license, learner’s permit, identification card, or receipt for one, with your current address
    • Tribal ID**
    • If the Minnesota license, Tribal ID or MN State ID has a former address, you may bring a recent utility bill* to use with your license
    • “Notice of Late Registration” postcard
    • U.S. passport with utility bill*
    • U.S. military photo ID card with utility bill*
    • Prior registration listed on roster at former address in precinct
    • Oath of a registered voter in precinct ("vouching")
    • If you are a student, you can use...
      • Student ID, registration, or fee statement with your current address
      • Post Secondary Student photo ID with utility bill*
      • Post Secondary Student ID if you are on a student housing list on file at the polling place
    • For those who live in a residential facility. including nursing homes, battered women's shelters, homeless shelters and other licensed facilities, an employee who will vouch that you live there (if the facility has provided the county with a certified list of employees)
    http://www.sos.state.mn.us/home/index.asp?page=204

    The line is not obstructed by new voter registrations. New registrations are processed at a separate table by election judges. The new registrants than proceed through the line like other voters. This is an "off the shelf" model that can be adopted by other states.

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