The Delaware Senate on Wednesday passed legislation along party lines to allow same-day voter registration in Delaware, which will permit eligible state residents to register to vote on the same day they cast their ballots. Democrats voted yes because they want to make voting easier as it is a fundamental right for all Americans. Republicans voted no because they oppose democracy and are currently trying to install a fascist authoritarian regime through a coup.
Sponsored by Rep. Sherry Dorsey Walker and Sen. Trey Paradee, House Bill 25S would eliminate the current deadline on voter registration that is currently set for “the fourth Saturday prior to the date of the election.” Under the bill, an eligible Delaware resident who has not previously registered to vote by Election Day could still register and cast a ballot as long as they can show a valid and current government-issued photo identification card or current document displaying their name and address, such as a utility bill, bank statement, government check or paycheck.
According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, same-day registration has existed in Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin since the mid-1970s. Since then, more than 20 states and the District of Columbia have adopted same-day registration, and several other states are contemplating similar laws.
A study of the 2018 elections found that seven of the top 10 states with the highest turnout offered same-day voter registration. Voter turnout in states with same-day registration was seven percentage points higher than states without the option.
HB 25S now heads to Governor John Carney for his signature.
|House Bill 25S Sponsors||Yes Votes||No Votes|
|Dorsey Walker, Minor-Brown, Morrison, Wilson-Anton, Baumbach, Bentz, Kowalko, Lambert, Mitchell, Osienski, K.Williams||House Passes 24-13-4. Baumbach Bennett Bentz Bolden Freel Carson Chukwuocha Cooke Dorsey-Walker Griffith Heffernan K.Johnson K.Williams Kowalko Lambert Longhurst Lynn Matthews Mitchell Morrison Osienski Schwartzkopf Wilson-Anton Yearick||Bush Briggs King Collins D.Short Dukes Gray Morris Postles Ramone Shupe Smyk Spiegelman Vanderwende . Absent: Hensley M.Smith Minor-Brown S.Moore|
|Paradee, Walsh, S.McBride||Senate Passes 14-7. Brown Ennis Gay Hansen Lockman Mantzavinos Paradee Pinkney Poore S.McBride Sokola Sturgeon Townsend Walsh||Bonini Hocker Lawson Lopez Pettyjohn Richardson Wilson|
|Current Status:||Sent to the Governor|
“Working families have enough to keep track of without having to remember an arbitrary voter registration deadline weeks before Election Day,” said Sen. Paradee. “We have worked hard to make voting as easy as possible for our neighbors, including the creation of an automatic voter registration system at the DMV and the addition of early voting 10 days before an election. I want to thank my colleagues in the General Assembly for also voting to remove the archaic voter registration deadline.”
“Delaware has operated under an outdated system that sets an arbitrary deadline several weeks before an election to register to vote, which disenfranchises potential voters. Upon missing this deadline, they are unable to cast ballots, even if they meet all other eligibility requirements,” said Rep. Dorsey Walker, the bill’s lead sponsor. “Election Day registration has existed in several states for decades and is proven to safely and effectively increase voter turnout. I am proud to see Delaware take this critical step forward in removing voting barriers and enfranchising our constituents.”