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Nathan Newman on April 5, 2007 - 7:08am
On April 3rd, Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed into law HF 653, which provides Iowans with the opportunity to register and vote on Election Day. Governor Culver stated,
Here in Iowa , we want to make it as easy as possible for Iowans to be involved in the democratic process. This bill achieves this goal. I strongly believe getting more people to vote is good for democracy and good for the future of this state.
Iowa is now the eighth state that permits same-day voter registration, also known as Election Day Registration (EDR). Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin and Wyoming also currently all allow registration on Election Day.
Nationwide, momentum is building for the adoption of EDR. Currently, Washington, Hawaii and North Carolina have all passed some form of EDR through at least one chamber. EDR bills are being seriously discussed in several other states, including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon.
North Carolina is likely to be the next state to move on the issue. A bill sponsored by State Representative Deborah Ross, establishes a window from 19 to 3 days before an election, during which time those eligible can register and vote at the same time at designated locations. Having recently passed the House 66-45, it is scheduled for the Senate as S195.
As North Carolina State Representative Joe Tolson, a sponsor of the bill, said, “Anything we can do to get more people voting is the right thing to do.”?