20 states allow voters to register to vote on the same day that they cast their ballot – up to and on Election Day.
New Jersey is not one of them.
New Jersey’s deadline of three weeks before Election Day to register is arbitrary and unnecessarily disenfranchises people.
It’s time to pass same-day voter registration.
While the Garden State has made much progress improving an antiquated voter registration system with reforms like automatic voter registration, online voter registration and restoring the vote to people on probation and parole, the state undercuts these systems by our arbitrary registration deadline.
Same-day registration can lead to a 5% voter turnout increase, with as much as a 10 percentage point turnout increase among 18 to 24-year-olds.
Establishing same-day voter registration also promotes racial justice, as Black and Brown voters are often purged from voter rolls at higher rates. The same is true for young people. Same-day registration is also secure.
During these pivotal times when we’ve been reminded of the consequences of voter suppression throughout the country, it is imperative to combat all systems that intentionally or inadvertently erode democracy.