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Malloy, Merrill Announce Voter Registration Proposal

The legislation would allow residents to register on Election Day and on the Internet, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

Gov. Dannel Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill announced on Monday a call for legislation that would make it easier for Connecticut residents to register to vote and submit absentee ballots, according to the Connecticut Mirror.

The proposed legislation would allow voter registration on Election Day, online voter registration and increased penalties for those found guilty of blocking or impeding voter access.

“In the spirit of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we have a tremendous opportunity this year to expand access to the ballot box to the many citizens of our state who face barriers to voting because their busy working lives make it difficult to register or appear at their polling place on Election Day," Merrill said in a statement released by Gov. Malloy's office on Monday. "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."

According to the Mirror, almost one-third of eligible voters in the state are not registered, a statistic that was of concern to Merrill when she spoke with Patch in October about . “That’s a very high number and we don’t really talk about it," she said. "That’s the first thing that’s very striking.”

State Republican Chairman Jerry Labriola told that Mirror that his party would continue to fight Election Day voter registration because it wouldn't leave an opportunity for officials to verify that the registration is indeed valid.

Connecticut15 March 28, 2012 at 06:47 PM
How about longer voting hours at the polls? Same day registration as voting flies in the face of any logic. How are those people vetted as to whether the information they give on election day is valid? If they can not take responsibility to register in timeee to give our Registrars of Voters enough time to validate their information, then they should not have the right to vote. their information could be fraudulent. Now what? their vote counts? Or would you subtract their vote later after an election has been called? and then they do the same thing at the next polling place or for the next election. The answer is not to allow same day registration. I do not know how Registrars could possibly verify the information to validate the vote on the same day. Such a policy would invalidate every valid vote. Votes that are cast with respect and responsibility should not be disenfranchised by a fraudulent process overwhelming an already inept system,, i.e., Bridgeport debacles as of late.

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