Activity is on the rise around the country to increase voter turnout. With so many known issues related to identity and eligibility verification, battles have raged in almost every statehouse in the country in recent months trying to address them. California just wrapped up their own debate and have made their next move, according to the Silicon Valley Mercury News:
Californians would be able to register and vote on the same day at county election offices under a bill passed by the state Senate.
Lawmakers passed SB641 by Democratic Sen. Ron Calderon of Monterey Park. The bill would allow eligible citizens to register and vote on election day at county election offices, but not at polling places.
The bill passed 21-14, according to the article, which suggests there was fairly strong support for the measure.
There has been a great deal of resistance to same day registration & voting because of the dramatically increased risk of voter fraud. That California tipped their hat to this concern by requiring registrations to take place…NOT at the polling places but… at a County election office seems a reasonable alternative and one that should not only improve turnout and participation but increase the chances that only ELIGIBLE and properly identified citizens will vote…and vote only once.