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 Eligible voters can also use Same Day Registration to correct an outdated voter registration record and cast a ballot that will be counted.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

Opinion: Reforming election process can improve voter turnout

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Project Vote and partners illustrate why Pennsylvania, where fewer than a quarter of registered voters turned out to vote in November, needs to update its voting system. Read more

States Push to Make Voting More Convenient

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In 2014, state legislatures considered almost four times as many proposals that eliminate barriers to voting as ones that create them.   Read more

Voter turnout: the 6 states that rank highest, and why

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Which state will have the highest voter turnout on Nov. 6? History suggests it will be one of the following six. Read more

Election-day registration: The anti-voter ID

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Though states with voter ID will likely see a significant decrease in their voter turnout, those losses could be offset by turnout gains in states with Election-Day Registration. Read more

Multiple States Considering Legislation To Increase Voting Rights

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Courtesy of Project Vote, here is a rundown of some of the state legislation being introduced that will improve, rather than hinder, access to the polls: Read more

Ohio Republicans Sue Over Voting Rules

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The Ohio Republican Party spearheaded a lawsuit Friday over an initiative from the office of Democratic Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner that would allow some early voters to register and vote on the same day. Read more