Written by Lauren Ohnesorge
Wednesday, 20 June 2007 18:28
Yesterday, the state Senate agreed to permit
residents to register to vote and cast a ballot immediately before an election.
The Senate voted 33-15 in favor of the bill, which supporters hope will boost
voter turnout and encourage participation in the democratic process, particularly
among young people. While state law
currently ends voter registration 25 days before an election, residents would
be allowed to go to one-stop voting sites, register, and vote right away in the
final two and a half weeks through the new bill. Opponents, mostly republicans,
believe the identification requirements in the bill are too lax. Voters are
required to show a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, “or other government
document” as proof of the person’s current address under the measure.