Local advocacy groups are expressing their disappointment over Delaware’s State Senate failing to consider same day voter registration as the 147th General Assembly drew to a close Monday. The Same Day Registration Coalition, an assembly of more than a dozen organizations including ACLU Delaware and Common Cause Delaware, called on lawmakers to take up the issue again in 2015. Apryl Walker, a spokesperson for the group, says lawmakers worried about keeping their seats in an election year was just one factor contributing to HB 105 not getting a vote before the close of the legislative session on Monday.
“Unfortunately there was a lot of misinformation spread by folks about voter fraud and it being some kind of real problem when it isn’t a real problem in this state or anywhere, quite frankly, in this country,” said Walker.
Same day voter registration legislation was passed by the House on April 3 of this year before stalling in the Senate. Walker says that members of both parties can work to keep that from happening again next time.