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Same day registration increases turnout here

Monday, Mar 20, 2017

* Nonprofit Vote and the US Elections Project have released a new study of the impact of same day voter registration (SDR). Here’s the Illinois data

The newest adopters of SDR, Connecticut and Illinois, were among the top four turnout increase states between 2012 and 2016 – 4.1% points and 4.0% points respectively. New adopters should continue to see the participation benefits as research suggests states implementing SDR should over time expect a turnout increase closer to 5-7% points. […]

Wisconsin was the only SDR state with a large drop in voter turnout – 3.1% points, its lowest presidential turnout since 2000. This may be associated with recent implementation of a restrictive voter ID law.

According to the study, Illinois’ voter turnout last November as a percentage of all eligible voting-age population was 63.4 percent, putting us 23rd in the nation. That’s a big jump up from 30th in the nation four years earlier, before Illinois had a full SDR program up and running.

- Posted by Rich Miller        

20 Comments
  1. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 9:53 am:

    The Illinois and Wisconsin experiences are precisely the reasons the GOP is against same-day registration and for voters ID laws.

    The fewer eligible, legal voters, the better their chances.


  2. - Anonymous - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 10:17 am:

    Same day registration is a vehicle for vote fraud. Precinct judges have enough work to do without enrolling new voters while the polls are open.

    Governor Henry Horner signed permanent voter registration into law to reform corrupt election practices. If someone cannot make time to register in advance of the election, I have no sympathy.


  3. - Demoralized - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 10:20 am:

    ==Same day registration is a vehicle for vote fraud==

    Then show the evidence. Those votes aren’t counted until their registration is verified as valid.


  4. - Registar - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 10:40 am:

    Election judges do not handle the same day registering of voters. There are qualified and trained registrars at each polling place. The requirements to register to vote on election day are the same as registering at any other time.


  5. - Downstate - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 10:57 am:

    Demoralized,
    Quick google search found this: http://sangamonsun.com/stories/511081039-state-records-reveal-voter-fraud-in-illinois


  6. - Demoralized - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 11:04 am:

    Downstate:

    That link proved my point.

    And in case you were wondering, based on that article the number of fraudulent voters was .002% of the votes cast. 0% would be better. Isn’t ever going to happen.

    There is no evidence of any widespread voter fraud. Using that as an argument against same day voter registration is a red herring.


  7. - BIG R. Ph. - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 11:32 am:

    It is just another opportunity for the Dems to play games.

    Here is another one:
    http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article139163483.html


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 11:46 am:

    Downstate, Big Pharma, that’s all you’ve got on “voter fraud?”

    You realize, don’t you, that if those are your best shots, you are confirming that in-person voter fraud is statistically and virtually non-existent?

    If not, you might want to cut back on the behind-the-counter stuff.


  9. - Arthur Andersen - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 11:49 am:

    Isn’t the Sangamon Sun Proft’s fishwrapper?


  10. - Downstate - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 12:00 pm:

    Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Mexico. They all have voter ID laws.


  11. - Demoralized - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 12:35 pm:

    ==Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Mexico. They all have voter ID laws.==

    That’s nice. Irrelevant but nice.

    Unless and until the “voter fraud” people provide any proof that there is widespread voter fraud then arguments such as this should be relegated to the trash heap.


  12. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 1:11 pm:

    Downstate, all those countries have universal health care, too.

    I’ll swap you Voter ID for universal health care. Deal?


  13. - Rich Miller - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 1:33 pm:

    ===Switzerland, Germany, Canada, Mexico===

    Then move there.


  14. - Downstate - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 1:45 pm:

    Rich,
    I’m simply pointing out that voter ID rules are not the position of some knuckle dragging crowd, but rather used by a large number of nations across the globe. In fact, voter ID laws are required in nearly all industrialized democracies.

    Let’s try this another way. ACORN was deeply involved in voter registration fraud across the country, including Illinois. That is without dispute. If we know that an organization has loaded our voter rolls with fraudulent registrations, doesn’t it make sense to at least review those rolls?


  15. - Demoralized - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 1:52 pm:

    Downstate:

    The fact remains that no one can point to any significant instances of voter fraud. It doesn’t matter what else you say until you can provide that evidence. Using voter fraud is a red herring. Period.


  16. - Anon - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 6:57 pm:

    A clear difference between Republicans and Democrats is this: One wants to make sure no unqualified person is allowed to vote, while the other wants to make sure no qualified person is denied the vote. Both are valid concerns.


  17. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 7:59 pm:

    Anon, I suggest you google “republicans admit voter suppression” for enlightenment as to the motivation for voter ID laws. You’ll get 277,000 hits.

    Here are some lowlights:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2016/09/17/us/some-republicans-acknowledge-leveraging-voter-id-laws-for-political-gain.html

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/05/jim-demint-voter-id-laws/480876/

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2016/11/north-carolina-early-voting/506963/


  18. - Registar - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 7:59 pm:

    Registering to vote and actually casting a vote are two different things. In every locality, there are undoubtedly names on the voter rolls of people who have moved or passed away. They obviously, then, do not vote. Implying that being registered to vote is the same thing as actually casting a vote shows ignorance of the process of voting.


  19. - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 8:06 pm:

    –Implying that being registered to vote is the same thing as actually casting a vote shows ignorance of the process of voting.–

    Unless rolls have been purged (which I doubt) I’m registered to vote in five towns in Illinois and two other states. That is zero evidence of vote fraud.


  20. - titan - Tuesday, Mar 21, 17 @ 11:57 am:

    - wordslinger - Monday, Mar 20, 17 @ 8:06 pm:
    Unless rolls have been purged (which I doubt) I’m registered to vote in five towns in Illinois and two other states. That is zero evidence of vote fraud.

    Illinois voter records are frequently cross checked to look for duplicate registrations (which are then merged).

    Illinois is also participating in the 21 jurisdiction ERIC program and the 28 state “Kansas program” to look for interstate duplicate registrations.


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