Bill would allow Election Day voter registration

By Tom Lehman 5:29pm, April 30, 2013 - Updated 8:46pm, April 30, 2013
Head to polls and register vote before you cast your ballot---that would be allowed under a law proposed by one state lawmaker.

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Newark Democrat and House Majority Whip John Viola, has filed a bill that if passed, would allow prospective voters to register at the polls with a valid ID on the same day as the election.

"In my opinion it removes barriers and allows people who are there, in a polling place, the ability and opportunity to vote," Viola says.

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Department of Elections commissioner Elaine Manlove says the bill's passage wouldn't bring major changes to election-day procedures.

"We would have applications right there for people to complete. There would be a felon check and there would be a citizenship check," Manlove says.

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Viola says the safeguards in the registration process would still be present at polling sites.

"You're signing an affidavit when you're going to the polls under same-day registration, which you can be charged with perjury," Viola says.

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If passed, House Bill 105 would make Delaware the 12th state to allow Election Day voter registration.

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