Democrats rallied at Legislative Hall on Tuesday in favor of legislation that would allow Delawareans to register to vote on the same day as a primary or general election. “We should so everything we can to make sure eligible others have every opportunity to exercise their constitutional right to vote,” said Rep. John Viola, D-Newark, the legislation’s sponsor. Democrats and activists supporting the bill dismissed concerns that same-day registration could lead to voter fraud. “There’s nothing there,” Viola said, adding that he feels “confident” the bill will pass the House in the “next couple weeks.”
The bill was voted out of committee in May, and would still need to go to the Senate for committee and floor votes if it passes the House. Delaware’s current registration deadline is the fourth Saturday prior to an election.
Rep. John Kowalko, a Newark Democrat, told supporters gathered outside Legislative Hall on Tuesday that “you deserve the right to vote” and said the measure only reinforces the constitutional rights of Delawareans. Rep. Paul Baumbach, D-Newark, called the legislation “as American as it gets.”
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