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Same Day Registration (SDR) allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. Depending on the state, this one-stop process for registering and voting may be offered on Election Day, during the early voting period, or both.
If we do not close voter turnout gaps, our democracy is destined to become less and less representative in the coming decades.
An overview of the bureaucratic barriers to becoming—and remaining—registered to vote.
Early voting provides a means for eligible voters to cast their ballots at a time and location other than in person on Election Day.
Same Day Registration (SDR) allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day, at the same time.
Voter intimidation and misinformation campaigns have significantly increased in recent years. They are toxic to democracy.
In January 2016, Oregon became the first state in the country to implement Automatic Voter Registration. It was a resounding success.
Missouri is considering a bill requiring all voters to present government issued photo identification at the polls. The fact that Missouri is introducing a restrictive voter identification bill is particularly unfortunate considering the legislature passed such a bill in 2006 and it was struck down as unconstitutional under the state's constitution by the Missouri Supreme Court.
Kansas is considering a bill to require all voters to present government issued photo identification at the polls. It has more important problems.
Virginia legislators are considering several bills that would make it more difficult for eligible persons to cast a ballot that will be counted, and would impose large costs for implementation. One bill requires photo identification in order to vote, while others require one of an enumerated list of identification documents. If the voter does not have identification he must sign a sworn statement of his identity and then cast a provisional ballot.
Proof that when laws to protect peoples’ democratic rights are put into practice, they can have a major impact on bringing more voices into the political process.
New USCIS Guidance on Voter Registration at Naturalization Ceremonies
Twelve years since the enactment of the NVRA, states across the country have regularly failed to comply with public assistance voter registration requirements.
Expanding Voter Registration of Low-Income Citizens Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993
The report is timed to the two-day federal trial that starts tomorrow morning that will redraw Kansas’ legislative districts. If the Court were to adopt the House’s proposed map, Kansas would end up with a dubious distinction: having the nation’s most extreme instance of prison-based gerrymandering in a state legislative district.
The Massachusetts lawsuit alleges that the Commonwealth failed to provide required voter registration services at public assistance offices, a violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).
Ways to improve our electoral system and voter registration process.
The Voter Empowerment Act of 2012
Public assistance offices have received nearly 2 million voter registration forms nationwide since the passage of the National Voter Registration Act.
In November 2014, voters in Montana will face a very important choice: to repeal or to continue SDR. They should keep it.