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Same-day registration is essential to voting rights debate

Jesse Rhodes
The Hill
There is momentum around voting rights, and Americans across the country are ready for our elected officials to do everything they can to make it easier — not harder — to vote.

Although the path forward is still uncertain, one thing is clear: There is momentum around voting rights, and Americans across the country are ready for our elected officials to do everything they can to make it easier — not harder — to vote.

Now, it’s up to our leaders in Congress to ensure that the final legislation does everything possible to advance racial equity in a democracy with a troubling history of race-based exclusion. Essential to this pursuit is same-day voter registration. 

Same-day registration is a common sense, tried and true reform that has been around in some states since the 70s. It’s time to bring it to voters in all states. A supermajority of Americans (61 percent) supports same-day registration, the efficacy and integrity of which are already evident in 21 states and Washington, D.C. 

And now, new Demos research suggests that same-day registration, which ensures all eligible people can register to vote and cast a ballot that counts at the same time, reduces barriers to the ballot box and boosts turnout for Black and Latinx Americans.