Patch Poll: Should Voters Be Allowed to Register and Vote on the Same Day?

Committee passes bill would also allow online registration for residents with driver's licenses.

A committee of the General Assembly approved last week a bill that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day, according to the Connecticut Post. 

Republicans in the Government Administration & Elections Committee attempted to amend the bill so that residents would be required to present a photo ID prior to registration to prevent fraud, but failed. Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, D-Milford, co-chairwoman of the panel, told the Post that seniors and minorities, who are most likely to not have photo IDs, would be discouraged by the amendment and that there hasn't been any previous evidence of voter registration fraud in Connecticut.

The legislation would also create online registration for residents with driver's licenses. Gov. Dannel Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill . "Many states have already made these reforms and by taking these important steps forward we can include a younger generation of voters and expand participation in our democracy," Merrill said in a statement released by Malloy's office.

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Paul Bahre March 26, 2012 at 02:31 AM
Of course the Democratically controlled CT Govt. would put this forth. This is how they all got in power and like all authoritarian liberal communist dictatorships they are just wanting to hold onto the reins of power indefinably. This is the party after all that put FDR into the White house for 4 terms.
Theresa Sweeney Barnett March 26, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Adding this kind of flexibility would enhance the opportunity for students to register to vote... many are out of state at college and some are just on the cusp of turning 18. Let's get our young adults involved!
Malvi Lennon March 26, 2012 at 05:23 PM
"many are out of state at college and some are just on the cusp of turning 18" @Theresa Registrar of Voters hold voting registration drives at the high schools so students on the verge of turning 18 may register to vote. Not many kids under 18 are away at college. The ones who are I am sure were smart enough to register when they had the chance. If not they may do so when they return home to visit. I am sure they will come home at least once in a four-year period.
CeltinWood June 11, 2012 at 06:30 PM
A "non-existant problem"? Chicago, texas, California, Florida, the list goes on and on and on...... Deceased voters still maintained and mysetriously voting. Felons and non-citizens encouraged to vote in exchange for graft......... Read any media coverage: CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, etc..... There are hundreds of stories of documented, proven voter fraud.........
CeltinWood June 11, 2012 at 06:31 PM
unfortunately, we reward lazy students, lazy employees and now - coming to a voting booth near you - lazy voters. I guess that if there is ANY effort required, our new standard is to simply give up?


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