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Committee Approves Election Day Voter Registration Bill

If passed, the bill would also allow online registration for residents with driver's licenses.

 

A committee of the General Assembly approved on Wednesday a bill that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day, according to the Connecticut Post. 

Republicans in the Government Administration & Elections Committee attempted to amend the bill so that residents would be require to present a photo ID prior to registration to prevent fraud, but failed. Sen. Gayle S. Slossberg, D-Milford, co-chairwoman of the panel, told the Post the seniors and minorities, who are most likely to not have photo IDs, would be discouraged by the amendment and that there hasn't been any previous evidence of voter registration fraud in Connecticut.

The legislation would create online registration for residents with driver's licenses. Gov. Dannel Malloy and Secretary of the State Denise Merrill . "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," Merrill said in a statement released by Malloy's office. 

Lynne Charles March 28, 2012 at 12:50 PM
Connecticut should be commended. When many states in the U.S. are trying to make it more difficult for citizens to vote, CT holds firm to the principle that democracy is strengthened by participation. A front page article in today's NYTiimes reports that Florida's new elections law has decreased new voter registrations in the state by 800,000 this year compared to the same time frame four years ago before a presidential election. It's a phenomenal statistic when one considers that George W. Bush won the state in 2000 by just 537 votes.
Nutmeg Conservative March 28, 2012 at 06:09 PM
If a person is truly interested in voting, they can register before the deadline, and with an ID. Who, in this day and age, does not have a photo ID? Certainly the "younger generation" mentioned in the article does. This bill would open up the election to massive fraud. What happens afterward if that person's status is deemed invalid. How can we remove their vote?
Voice March 28, 2012 at 06:13 PM
Anything that might encourage residents to vote is alright in my book.
Kendall Svengalis March 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
Nonsense. This procedure is ripe for fraud, particularly in the big cities. Those supporting this bankrupt idea have no idea what goes on in some states and localities when election officials do not have any opportunity to verify voters' information prior to election day. This is nothing but an attempt by Democrats and unions to corrupt the election process and ensure their continued control over our lives and pocketbooks. It's part and parcel of Mayor DeSefano's attempt to allow illegals to vote in local elections. Voting is a sacred right which should not be compromised by corruption. The forces of SEIU are chomping at the bit to have this opportunity to pad their vote totals with those not qualified. It is entirely within the bounds of election properiety to have potential voters verified prior to election day. No election has ever been overturned because some illegal voters were dicovered AFTER the fact.
Kendall Svengalis March 28, 2012 at 07:01 PM
In a trial in Troy New York, 46 witnesses have testified that their ballots were stolen. According to the Times Union, they “have included public housing residents, college students, the semi-literate, a deaf man, the chronically ill and non-English speakers.” (go to: www.nationalreview.com/corner/291042/real-victims-voter-fraud-hans-von-spakovsky). In other words, all those that "liberal" do-gooders claim to be helping. In the real world, there are power-hungry elements who will do anything, and exploit any weakness to corrupt the process. Same day voting opens up the floodgates. Anyone who wants to vote can register in advance multiple ways so that election officials can do their due diligence. I applaud other states that want to ensure that voters prove their identity. Those who oppose that simple requirement are just trying to make it easier to rig the system. And they shamelessly use race or poverty as cover for their plans.
Kendall Svengalis March 28, 2012 at 07:12 PM
It should also be pointed that that the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in favor of Indiana's voter I.D. on the grounds that there sufficient voter fraud, particularly in close elections, to justify the procedure. Our elections are meaningless exercises without the integrity of the ballot.
Peggie Bushey March 28, 2012 at 08:19 PM
I agree with Ken, this is utter nonsense. People need to be encouraged to vote but should know for whom they are voting and why they are voting. Too many fine men and women in our history have given their lives for our right to vote. To do something this ridiculous makes a mockery out of our system. Bills like this are why we need a balance of power in Hartford because right now, the nuts are running the nut house. God Help us ALL!!
Cliff P. March 28, 2012 at 09:08 PM
So are you saying that if a person registers to vote a month, or two months, or six years, before the election, we can rest assured that he or she is a sufficiently informed voter? Why would we assume that? Conversely, if someone shows up on election day and wants to vote, how do you know that they aren't just as well informed and well qualified as I'm sure you are?
Kendall Svengalis March 28, 2012 at 09:23 PM
No, Cliff, 30 days is sufficient, and it's not to ascertain their competency in casting an intellignt vote, but merely to verify their identity, to protect against duplicate registation, and to ensure that they're living at the address to which they are registered. This is just good election procedure.
Joanne Baker March 28, 2012 at 09:27 PM
It is my understanding that based on this proposed bill registrars would need to confirm that a) the person is not already registered elsewhere and b) that the person hasn't already voted that day. How can this be done quickly without a 'proven' system in place? The registrar's already have too much to do 'that day'. Supposedly, the confirmation can take place up to a month 'later' and people can be fined or jailed for fraud. But by then the election is called. Who is going to reverse it, if something was fraudulent? I say if a secure system can be set up, get it set up first and 'prove' that it works before giving people 'same day' voting access. I agree with Kendall - this is ripe for fraud.
Kendall Svengalis March 28, 2012 at 09:42 PM
I think it's clear that voters are not as well in formed as they should be, but that's a matter for the schools and self-education. The failure to teach history and civics in our public schools and colleges is little short of appalling. The Intercollegiate Studies Institute's surveys of civil literacy (administered by political scientists at UConn, among others) show an average score of 49 out of 100, with politicians (at 44) scoring lower than the average voter (49). Among college graduates, Harvard scored the best, with a 69 (D+). Students at Eastern CT State University scored 37. Students at a number of colleges actually scored higher a freshmen than as seniors, indicating negative learning after four years and thousands in tuition. Even college educators scored only a 55. Only 49% of respondents could identify all three branches of government. This helps explain the quality of our elected officials, or lack thereof. Anyone can take the briefer form of the exam here: www.isi.org/quiz.aspx?q=FE5C3B47-9675-41E0-9CF3-072BB31E2692 It's clear we have a lot of work to do.
Rich May 07, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Very good and there is fraud in the city's, nobody does anything about it. The city's are controlled by the democrats.
Rich May 07, 2012 at 12:04 PM
Your good.
Elizabeth May 07, 2012 at 06:26 PM
How about anything that encourages illegal residents to vote? Maybe even unicorns!
Charles May 07, 2012 at 07:29 PM
Kendall your tin foil hat is crooked.
Charles May 07, 2012 at 07:31 PM
Kendall quoting the national review is like performing Swedish folk music.
Elizabeth May 07, 2012 at 08:10 PM
Charles - your analogy re: Swedish folk music makes no sense but I will say I have read where you quote from the Daily Kos. Yea there' s a lot of rocket scientists on that site. I don't actually see you debating Kendall on this issue. Do you think you have the intellectual capacity to do that? I would really love to see a serious back and forth between you and Kendall on this issue with no snark or name calling. Care to give it a shot?
Charles May 07, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Liz you manx.

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