Gov. Jack A. Markell and leadership in the state’s House of Representatives introduced measures to increase voter registration in Delaware Tuesday. House Majority Whip, Rep. John J. Viola, D-Newark, introduced legislation that would allow Election Day voting registration. Same-day voting registration has existed in Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin since the 1970s, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. States that have mandated same-day registration have a voter turnout that is on average 10 percent higher than states that do not. “The goal is to try and get as many people as you can possibly get to do their duty, their civic duty and to vote,” Rep. Viola said. “Any barriers we can take down against that we can make easier, let’s do it.”
By showing a valid government-issued photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement or other government document clearly displaying a name and address, an individual would be able to vote at a polling place on the day of a presidential, state primary, general or special election.
However, Elaine Manlove, state elections commissioner, said municipality elections are covered by charters and would not have to implement same-day registration.
Voters will have to sign an affidavit in person, and anyone who falsely registers to vote could face a fine up to $200 and a prison sentence between 30 days and two years.
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