Voting experts say allowing people to register and vote on the same day is among the most effective ways to boost participation in the election process. So naturally, Republicans in states across the country have been looking to crack down on same-day registration. And in Montana, they got a step closer last week to ending the practice. A GOP-backed bill passed last year by state legislators would let Montanans vote this November on whether to end same-day registration. On Wednesday, the state’s Supreme Court ruled against a challenge to the legislation from labor and voting rights groups, clearing the way for the issue to appear on the ballot.
The measure’s opponents had challenged language included in the ballot initiative that incorrectly said ending same-day registration was required to comply with the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. The court ruled by 5-1 that the false language must be changed but that the initiative can go forward.
Over 28,000 Montanans—in a state with just over one million people—have used same-day registration since it was instituted in 2005. It’s especially convenient for college students, who often move frequently.
But supporters of the GOP initiative say it ups the chances for fraud, though almost no in-person voter fraud has been detected in the state. And last year, the Republican sponsor of an earlier version of the legislation, Rep. Ted Washburn, suggested a different motivation behind the effort.
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