Bill, Policy Changes Would Increase Voter Registration

Apr 30, 2013 -- 11:40am

Lawmakers and the Markell Administration unveiled proposals today designed to increase voter turnout and encourage more Delawareans to register to vote.

House Majority Whip Representative John Viola introduced legislation that would make Delaware the 12th state to allow Election Day registration, which permits eligible residents to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. Same-day registration is credited with significantly increasing voter turnout. States that allow same-day registration have a voter turnout that is on average 10 percent higher than states that do not.

Under House Bill 105, a person would be able to register to vote at his or her polling place on the day of a presidential or state primary or general or special election by showing a valid government-issued photo identification card, current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document displaying the name and address of the person registering to vote. Those are the same criteria required for a person registering to vote under current Delaware law.

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