Same Day Registration

My recent Demos explainer discuss the implications of the class bias in voter turnout. Over the last three decades, research suggests, the class bias of the voting public has increased dramatically. In the 2012 election, there was a 33 point gap between the turnout rate of the highest bracket ($150...
10/30/2014
Blog
The following is a published Letter to the Editor to the New York Times in response to their editorial "The Decline of North Carolina." The attack on voting rights in North Carolina is a shameful attempt by the state’s politicians to curtail access to the ballot, in ways devised...
07/18/2013
Blog
New York, NY – Today, Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley signed into law landmark legislation that will allow voters to both register to vote and cast a ballot during the state’s early voting period. Twelve states and the District of Columbia now offer Same Day Registration. Senate Bill 279 also...
05/02/2013
Press Release
A new report from a Wisconsin state agency makes clear that Same Day Registration is not just a low-cost way to make voting more accessible. It can even be a budget-saver. The report from the Wisconsin Government Accountability Board dealt a blow to advocates of repealing the state’s Same Day...
02/25/2013
Blog
The Pew Charitable Trusts released a nifty interactive report this week that compares the 50 states and the District of Columbia on their administration of elections. Pew gathered information from the Census Bureau, public surveys, and other sources to develop its Elections Performance Index. So...
02/08/2013
Blog
The right to vote is just that – a fundamental right which is the cornerstone of American democracy. In the 2012 election, that sacred value was challenged in a way we have not seen in a couple of generations, perhaps since the civil and voting rights movements of the 1960s. Some powerful...
11/19/2012
Blog
The right to vote is just that – a fundamental right which is the cornerstone of American democracy. In the 2012 election, that sacred value was challenged in a way we have not seen in a couple of generations, perhaps since the civil and voting rights movements of the 1960s. Some powerful people...
11/15/2012
Publication
Demos Vice President of Policy & Outreach Heather McGhee makes the case for the National Popular Vote and universal registration. McGhee was joined by Hendrik Hertzberg of the New Yorker; Akhil Amar, Sterling Professor of Law at Yale Law School, Author of “America’s Constitution: A...
10/29/2012
Video
In the 1990s, Republican strongholds like Idaho and Wyoming instituted Election Day registration. The National Conference of State Legislatures says that while little evidence of in-person voter fraud has been found, voter turnout in states with Election Day registration has been at least 10...
10/07/2012
News/Resource
How would the 2012 election be different if many more young, poor and minority citizens paricipated? We would find out if we were to modernize our elections system. In most parts of the country, our elections system is stuck in the 19th century. Often intentionally, the patchwork of laws at the...
10/02/2012
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