Same Day Voter Registration 7-22-05
The House Election Law and Campaign Finance Reform Committee approved House Bill 851, which would allow voters to cast ballots the same day that they register during the early voting period for elections. State law now requires that a person must be registered 25 days before a primary or an election in order to cast a ballot. The bill, which would take effect with the 2006 elections, would require a person arriving at a one-stop site to show a picture ID or other proof of identity. The person would complete a registration form attesting as a U.S. citizen living in the county for at least 30 days. The person could vote immediately by early absentee ballot, but only on that day. Otherwise, the registration would be voided. The bill was approved along party lines, as has been the case with all campaign reform bills this session.