A Washington House committee is considering a bill that would allow people to register to vote and then cast ballots on the same day. The bill is sponsored by Sen. Patty Kuderer (D-Bellevue). “If you look at the five other states that have same-day voter registration, you’ll see that they have increased their voter participation, in some cases, as much as 10%, which is significant by any measure.”
Opponents have argued same-day registration makes it easier for people to go from county to county and commit voter fraud. Kuderer says studies by election watchers have shown that isn’t true.
Secretary of State Kim Wyman says that, while she supports the idea of same-day registration, the technology isn’t yet in place to ensure elections officials can stop cases of voter fraud.