If you’re between the ages of 18 and 24, chances are you registered to vote when you visited the Department of Motor Vehicles. If you’re over the age of 65, you probably registered to vote at some other government office. Those are the findings of a new Census Bureau survey that asked Americans how they registered to vote. As it turns out, younger voters are much more likely to register when they get a driver’s license, at their school or university campus, or online.
Contrary to popular belief, which suggests same-day voter registration overwhelmingly helps younger voters — particularly college students — sign up to cast a ballot, it turns out that a higher percentage of seniors register on Election Day than younger voters. More than seven percent of voters over the age of 65 said they had registered on Election Day, compared with 5.3 percent of voters between the ages of 18 and 24.
Midwesterners are the most likely to have registered to cast a ballot on Election Day. Three of the eight states that allow same-day registration — Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin — are in the Midwest, where almost 14 percent of voters said they took advantage of those late registration laws. Less than 5 percent of voters in the Northeast, South or West registered on Election Day.
Full Article: How We Register – NationalJournal.com.