Same Day Registration

One-Stop Democracy

Same Day Registration (SDR) allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day.

4d9bde347c27c.preview-1024Depending on the state, this one-stop process for registering and voting may be offered on Election Day, during the early voting period, or both. Eligible voters can also use Same Day Registration to correct an outdated voter registration record and cast a ballot that will be counted.

Project Vote is working to advance this common-sense reform, which has the potential to increase participation particularly among underrepresented young people, low-income Americans, and persons of color.

Policy Paper: Same Day Registration

This is a comprehensive overview of same day registration (SDR) that identifies the tremendous benefits and addresses the potential concerns of SDR. The paper summarizes the various systems currently in place around the country, offering examples of how legislators and election officials can best implement SDR to reach the greatest number of eligible citizens. Read more

Model Bill: Same Day Registration

This document provides a template for lawmakers and other interested parties to draft bills in support of same day voter registration. Read more

Fact Sheet: Same Day Registration

This fact sheet provides an overview of Same Day Registration (SDR), which allows eligible voters to register to vote and cast their ballots on the same day. Read more

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Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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With this new wave of hostility toward the democratic process, we can expect to see fewer viable legislative efforts to modernize election administration, and more egregious efforts to block the vote. Read more

How Voter Fraud Claims Justify Voter Suppression After the Election

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Instead of building safeguards and protecting eligible Americans’ right to vote, these lawmakers and partisans are using the last weeks of 2016 to willfully try to weaken our democracy. Read more

Who benefited from same-day voter registration in Chicago?

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Same-day registration, an initiative designed to improve ballot access, caught on in white areas of Chicago more so than black and Latino communities during last spring’s primaries. Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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While legislative activity has slowed over the summer, the legal battles over election laws are heating up. Project Vote Legislative Director Marissa Liebling discusses the current landscape. Read more

The Struggle to Protect Voting Rights Continues in 2016

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Project Vote intern Julia Burzynski explores the repercussions of the first major election without voting protections that were once guaranteed by the Voting Rights Act. Read more

Federal Court Hears Pivotal Voting Rights Case

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This week, a federal court heard a case "that will determine the outcome of one of the most unprecedented attacks against voting rights in history." Read more

Legislative Threats and Opportunities Update

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Voter registration is the first step to participating in democracy. In 2016, many states proposed new laws that, if passed, would affect a citizen’s access to voter registration and ultimately, the ballot box in November. Read more

Bridging the Latino Voter Registration Gap Is More Crucial Than Ever

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Twenty-three million Latinos are currently eligible to vote in the United States, but less than 14 million are registered, according to a new report by the NALEO Educational Fund yesterday. Read more

What a Difference a Day Makes: The Evolution of Same Day Registration in Illinois

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The excitement around competitive races in 2016 has brought voters out during primary election season. But in Illinois, another factor plays a role in boosting turnout: same day registration. Read more

The Ugly Climate in North Carolina

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Continuing a pattern of discriminatory laws, North Carolina just passed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Read more