Connecticut: Same-day registration hailed by supporters, criticized by some registrars | Record Journal

Both chambers of the state legislature have endorsed a bill to allow voters to register on Election Day, but some local registrars of voters are concerned about the proposal. The state Senate passed the bill 19-16 last week and the House of Representatives approved the measure on April 30 by a vote of 83-59. Both votes fell largely along party lines in the Democratic-controlled General Assembly. The law will take effect in 2013. Republican lawmakers and some registrars have raised concerns about potential fraud and possible problems at the polls. Aleta Looker, the Democratic registrar in Cheshire, said allowing same-day registration also presents added costs. “Most towns are facing severe budgetary problems,” she said in testimony before the House of Representatives. “We are concerned about the cost of having this extra registering/polling place, which would have to be manned at nearly the same level as an actual polling place and have computer and telephone installations.”

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