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Committee Approves Election Day Voter Registration Bill

If passed, the bill would also allow online registration for residents with driver's licenses.

 

A committee of the General Assembly approved a bill that would allow voter registration on the actual Election Day, according to the Connecticut Post. 

Republicans in the Government Administration and Elections Committee attempted to amend the bill so that residents would be require to present a photo ID prior to registration to prevent fraud, but failed.

Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, D-Milford, co-chairwoman of the panel, told the Post the seniors and minorities, who are most likely to not have photo IDs, would be discouraged by the amendment and that there hasn't been any previous evidence of voter registration fraud in Connecticut.

The legislation would also create online registration for residents with driver's licenses. Gov. Dannel Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill .

"Many states have already made these reforms and by taking these important steps forward we can include a younger generation of voters and expand participation in our democracy," Merrill said in a statement released by Malloy's office. 

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