Let voters register on Election Day, say lawmakers
By Kathleen Lucadamo
Daily News Staff Writer
Two lawmakers joined with good government groups Saturday to call for a change in state law that would allow voters to register on Election Day.
"At a time when voter turnout is expected to reach record levels, we must find ways to open the democratic process so that everyone who qualifies can participate," said Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Queens).
Gianaris, who stood with City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Queens) Saturday at City Hall to lobby for the move, has a bill pending in Albany that would require same-day registration.
Nine states with same-day registration - including Wyoming, Minnesota and Maine - average 10% higher voter turnout than states that don't, the pols said.
Nearly 38% of registered voters in New York turned out for the 2006 elections, compared with an average of 54% in the states with same-day registration, said Gioia.
This will make voter registration fraud much easier. No wonder the tweeders are for it.