Residents who procrastinate and fail to register to vote by the deadline would still be able to cast ballots on election day under a bill approved by the state House of Representatives. House Bill 321, which has been referred to several Senate committees, would permit residents to register at the same time they went in to vote. Current state law requires that voters register 30 days before the election. The change to allow election-day registration has been proposed as a way of increasing voting participation, lawmakers say.
The bill’s current wording would require that the county clerks of each island designate a worker at each polling place to handle the registration.
Each prospective voter would be required to sign an affidavit stating they he or she has not yet voted – whether in person or by absentee ballot – and will not be voting at any other polling place that day.