Bill Debate For Same Day Registration Begins Today


The Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland General Assembly begin the debate for same day registration.

In the historic 2008 presidential election, Maryland ranked 12th among states in voter participation by eligible residents. Voter participation in Maryland could significantly increase if the state passes Same Day Registration (SDR) into law, according to a new report published today by Demos and released in collaboration with ACLU of Maryland.

Same Day Registration significantly improves voter participation in states where it is law, and today the Senate Education, Health, and Environmental Affairs Committee of the Maryland General Assembly, is holding a hearing on a new SDR bill, Senate Bill 417.

The new Demos study, Same Day Voter Registration in Maryland, underscores the importance of SDR for Maryland’s voters. Authored for Demos by election policy experts R. Michael Alvarez from the California Institute of Technology and Jonathan Nagler of New York University, the report finds that with SDR Maryland could expect an overall boost in turnout, with larger increases for some demographic groups.

“Our report shows that adoption of a Same Day or Election Day Registration proposal could raise turnout in Maryland, overall, about 4.3 percent,” said Nagler. “SDR can have a positive affect on turnout rates for all voters and would be especially helpful for young voters, and those who have recently moved.”



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