Election Day Registration
Election Day Registration is a common sense reform that (EDR) allows voters to register to vote or update their existing registration with proof of residence, on Election Day and during the Early Voting period. Currently, in Massachusetts, a 20 day cutoff for voter registration disenfranchises thousands of voters. The policy ensures every eligible voter a guaranteed opportunity to vote. In place since 1973 and now in 21 states EDR is a simple and cost-effective way of including all voices in our democratic process.
Guarantee the vote
It is estimated that over 100,000 Massachusetts voters would benefit from having EDR. EDR's impact is shown to be higher among young voters who move more frequently due to the rising cost of rent.
Correct common errors
Two-thirds of EDR users nationwide are using EDR to update their already existing registration. EDR allows mistakes such as an incorrect middle initial, apartment number or a similar inaccuracy to be fixed at the polls.
Studies show that voters become more interested in elections as it gets closer to Election Day, more specifically the week of the election. Whereas early deadlines to complete voter registration impede voters who decide to vote in the final weeks of a campaign.
Massachusetts ranks 17th in turnout nationwide according to Non-Profit Vote. Due to its political activeness, implementing EDR would not only increase turnout by an average of 5 percent but also potentially be a top state for voter turnout. Neighboring states such as CT, ME, NH & VT all have EDR.
With Automatic Voter Registration in place, EDR will clean up whatever AVR does not cover. The two systems in sync together will help with long-term cost controls and improve efficiency and integrity in our elections system.