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 Eligible voters can also use Same Day Registration to correct an outdated voter registration record and cast a ballot that will be counted.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.

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Threats and Opportunities Update

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Now that the political climate has changed and is aided by weakened voting protections, states are taking it upon themselves to investigate and pass laws that prevent voter fraud. Read more

Coalition Letter in Support of New Mexico Voter Registration Deadline Bill

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A coalition of civil and voting rights groups urge a New Mexico House committee to pass voter registration bill SB 224. The bill extends the voter registration deadline to three days before the election and allows for same day registration during early voting. Read more

Maryland Considers Voting Bill That Can Improve Voter Turnout

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Maryland's same-day registration bill, HB 345 would "help ensure that all eligible Marylanders can make their voices heard in the political process." Read more

Project Vote Testimony on Maryland’s Same Day Registration Bill SB 423

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Project Vote testifies in support of Maryland’s same day registration bill, SB 423. Read more

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