Vermont to Launch Same-Day Voter Registration

June 1, 2015 | | WPTZ |

Vermont will allow voters to cast ballots the same day they register to vote, effective January 2017. It used to be that voters would need to register close to a week before casting a ballot, but that’s changing.

Shumlin authorized the so-called same-day voter registration law Monday in Montpelier, making Vermont the 14th state to have such a law. Other New England states that allow same-day voter registration include New Hampshire, Connecticut and Maine, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Shumlin said same-day registration could increase voter turnout. He cited data from the public policy group Demos, which said voter turnout is about 10 percent higher in states with same-day voter registration.