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Here are the facts: Same Day Registration is proven to be the most consistently effective reform for expanding access to the fundamental right to vote.

  • From the landmark laws in Maine in 1973 to Vermont's Act 44 in 2015, 16 states and the District of Columbia have passed Same Day Registration throughout half a century of clear success. 
  • The turnout rate in states with Same Day Registration has remained at least 10 percentage points above states without it for the past 32 years.
  • If every state had Same Day Registration, research suggests that overall voter participation would increase by at least 5%.
  • Same Day Registration has the strongest effect on people who move often such as young people and communities of color. For example, young people were 41% more likely to vote in the 2008 election in states with Same Day Registration than states without it.

 

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