Amid heightened conversation across the country about voting rights and who has access to the ballot, Maryland voters are deciding whether to amend the state constitution to allow people to register on Election Day. The Democratic-backed initiative, which was opposed by most Republican lawmakers and has not been endorsed by Gov. Larry Hogan (R), is one of two statewide questions on the ballot for the midterm elections. … Maryland already allows residents to register during early voting, which this year ends Thursday, but they cannot do it on Election Day.
Over objections from Republican lawmakers, the legislature has passed several other measures to expand voting rights in recent years.
“We’re telling people that we value their vote and their participation,” said Maryland Del. Kirill Reznik (D-Montgomery), who began pushing for same-day registration a decade ago. “Some states are making efforts to close the ballot box . . . in Maryland, I’m proud of everything we’ve done to open it.”