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House Approves Election Day Voter Registration Bill

The bill will also create online registration for residents with driver's licenses, according to the Hartford Courant

The state House of Representatives approved a bill Monday night that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day, according to the Hartford Courant. It will also

The 83-59 vote brings Connecticut closer to becoming the third state in New England behind Maine and New Hampshire to allow same day voter registration and the 11th state in the country.

“Passage of this legislation demonstrates Connecticut’s commitment to fair, accessible elections, and I applaud the House for their action on this bill. We’ve sent a clear signal to the rest of the country that Connecticut will not go in the direction of other states," Gov. Malloy said in a statement released on Monday by his office.  "Using the technology we have available to preserve the integrity of our elections, expand access to the ballot box, and improve participation in the public process will allow our democracy flourish.

House Republican leader Larry Cafero of Norwalk expressed his opposition of the bill saying that it would make it easier for some "little brat from Virginia" to commit fraud by voting via absentee ballot in a presidential election and then voting again while attending college in Connecticut.

If the bill, which now goes to Senate, would go into effect in time for the November 2013 local elections if passed.

kma May 01, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Actually, fair is not the real reason. Stacking the deck with dummycrats is the real reason.
Kristy Waizenegger May 01, 2012 at 05:01 PM
The intent of this legislation is to protect a citizen's right to vote. However, I'm not confident that the state will have the proper controls in place to prevent individuals from registering at multiple polling places and to prevent non-citizens from voting. If we turn a blind eye to the potential risks and not address them then we forget the intent of this legislation, which is to protect and perserve the rights of American citizens.
James Andersen May 02, 2012 at 01:56 PM
It's insanity. If I want to fly, drive, buy alcohol, do my civic duty and sit on a jury or any number of mundane things, I have to show picture ID. But now anyone can register to vote without proof of who he is or of citizenship? Seriously? Insanity.
Joan May 02, 2012 at 02:00 PM
How lovely to see that the House Republican leader actually used the phrase "little brat from Virginia." Nice.
Kristy Waizenegger May 02, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Thank you to those who have made substantive comments about this very important issue. It seems some people just can't help themselves and need to focus on nonsense. This is not a democrat or republican issue. This is an issue of a right of American citizens, one that all of us should be concerned about. What controls, if any, are being put in place to ensure that only citizens are allowed to vote and that they are not registering/voting in multiple polling places?

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