Senate Approves Same-Day Voter Registration Bill

The Senate has agreed to allow residents to register to vote and cast a ballot immediately before an election.

The Senate voted 33-to-15 for the same-day registration bill, which supporters said would boost voter turnout and encourage participation in the democratic process.

Cumberland Senator Larry Shaw says the state needs to empower
people to be active citizens. The bill passed the House in March.

Residents could go to one-stop voting sites, register and vote right away in the final two-and-half weeks before an election. State law now ends voter registration 25 days before an election.

Voter turnout was 64 percent of registered voters for the 2004
general election. the state Board of Elections says turnout was 37
percent in 2006.