A bill to allow prospective voters to register and cast their ballots on the same day as an election is pending a vote in the Delaware Senate. Introduced June 3, Senate Bill 111 was reported out of the Administrative Services/Elections Committee on June 11, and now is awaiting consideration by the full Senate. A similar bill was barely approved in the House during the last General Assembly session, but died before being considered by the upper chamber.
The legislation would allow same-day registration to those presenting a valid government-issued identification and proof of residency at the polling place, and would apply to primary, special and general elections, including presidential primaries.
It also removes a requirement that convicted felons must repay all court-ordered fines before his or her right to vote is restored, and allows prospective voters to certify they are not prohibited from voting. The affidavit replaces a requirement that the individual’s status first be verified through the state’s criminal information database.