If it doesn’t take 30 days to get a sandwich made-to-order, it shouldn’t take 30 days to process a voter registration form. That’s one York County legislator’s take on same-day voter registration, under which people could turn out at the polls the same day as an election, register on the spot and cast a vote. “In this day and age, you can walk into a gas station and get a custom-made sandwich in minutes just by touching a screen,” said Rep. Kevin Schreiber, D-York City. “We should make voting that easy.” The process of casting a vote is already as effortless as touching a screen, but Schreiber and Erie County Democrat Rep. Ryan Bizzarro are resurrecting a proposal to make registration just as easy.
They recently started collecting co-sponsors for a bill to increase ballot access for people who might otherwise have been excluded under Pennsylvania’s current registration deadline, which is 30 days before an election.
But no Republicans — from York County or anywhere across the state — have signed onto the proposal, and members of Schreiber’s home delegation are among those who oppose the change.
The process: Twelve states and the District of Columbia currently offer same-day registration, and laws go into effect in Maryland and Utah next year. Under Schreiber and Bizzarro’s proposal for Pennsylvania, voters could register on Election Day at the polling place for their residence.