Election Day Registration
|Voting policy in the United States|
| State poll times (2015) |
| Voting in the 2015 primary elections |
| Voting in the 2015 general elections |
|Voter identification laws by state|
|Voting information by state|
Demos.org lists several benefits to states allowing Election Day Registration:
- Increases voter turnout
- Eliminates arbitrary deadlines that cut off registration when voters are most interested
- Remedies inaccurate voter rolls
- Assists geographically mobile, lower income citizens, young voters and voters of color
- Greatly reduces the need for provisional balloting
- A cost-effective means to increase voter participation while maintaining the integrity of the vote
Eligible voters can also use Election Day Registration to correct an outdated voter registration record and cast a ballot that will be counted. Pioneered by Maine, Minnesota, and Wisconsin in the early-to-mid-1970s, eleven states (California, Connecticut, Idaho, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Wyoming) and the District of Columbia have now enacted the reform.
In the 2004 presidential election, voter turnout in states utilizing Election Day Registration was 12 percent higher than states that did not. Likewise, in the 2006 elections, states with EDR showed turnout rates 10-12 percent higher than in non-EDR states.
In EDR states, eligible citizens who are not found on the voting lists are asked to show a valid ID to a poll worker, who checks their IDs, consults the registration list, and, if they are not registered, registers them on the spot.