U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Jon Tester (D-MT) today introduced legislation to help make voting easier for all Americans. The Same Day Registration Act would require states to allow people to register to vote for a federal election on the same day as the election. … Klobuchar recently traveled to Alabama with Congressman John Lewis and visited several key sites of the civil rights movement including the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma. Klobuchar also spoke to Attorney General Eric Holder at a Senate Judiciary hearing last week about protecting the right to vote and encouraging voter participation.
Minnesota has allowed same-day voter registration for many years and has one of the highest voter turnouts in the country.
Seventeen percent of all Minnesota voters registered on election day in 2012. If these voters had not been allowed to register, Minnesota’s turnout would have dropped by 14 points.