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Patch's Poll: How Easy Should Voting Be?

Should you be able to register to vote on Election Day? How about registering to vote online? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

The state House of Representatives approved a bill Monday night that would allow residents to register to vote on Election Day.

The bill would also allow eligible Connecticut residents with a driver’s license to register to vote from any computer or mobile device with an Internet connection.

“Passage of this legislation demonstrates Connecticut’s commitment to fair, accessible elections, and I applaud the House for their action on this bill. We’ve sent a clear signal to the rest of the country that Connecticut will not go in the direction of other states," Gov. Malloy said in a statement released on Monday by his office.  "Using the technology we have available to preserve the integrity of our elections, expand access to the ballot box, and improve participation in the public process will allow our democracy flourish."

“This is a major step forward in our effort to modernize elections in Connecticut and increase voter participation,” said Secretary of the State Denise Merrill in a press release.  “... Change is sometimes hard, but we have a voting system strong and secure enough to allow people to register  from any computer or on Election Day.  These are reforms that 10 other states have already enacted.  Some states such as Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin have had Election Day Registration on the books for decades, with no compromise in the security or integrity of their elections. These states have seen an increase in voter turnout, which we certainly need in Connecticut.”

What do you think about these changes? Take our poll and add your thoughts in the comments.

Spiff May 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
Malloy says, "We’ve sent a clear signal to the rest of the country that Connecticut will not go in the direction of other states." Who is he kidding? He just signed legislation to repeal the death penalty because, that is what other states are doing! In addition, he is about to sign legislation to allow Sunday alcohol sales because, that is what other states do (Connecticut and Indiana are the only states that currently don't allow Sunday alcohol sales)! Malloy is such a hypocrite! Anyone who is serious about voting will register long before election day. This is simply another method for Democrats to increase their re-election odds!
Bill Generous May 02, 2012 at 03:56 PM
I hope picture IDs with an address is still required.
Spiff May 02, 2012 at 04:19 PM
Not for long if the Democrats have their way!
Albert Williams May 02, 2012 at 04:55 PM
yes the Dems are pushing this, but please show me any politician that wouldn't accept a vote from anyone, anyhow. btw, vote no on May 15, that's no for Windsor's budget.
Catherine & Dennis May 03, 2012 at 10:28 AM
There is no way to verify it -no. When we collected a petition we were told people were not registered voters when a check against the list says indeed they were. These people were not allowed to be counted because mistakes by the Town were not allowed to be questioned. While I realize a petiton is different than voting in an election the whole system stinks here. Something needs to change. However in an election I disagree with allowing someone to vote the same day they register. If they didnt know the facts before hand to care enough to register and know who to vote for it will allow for fraud. There would have to be electronic verification at least set up at every polling place to prevent more than one vote, not paper checks of lists that are old and including people with dates of birth from 1894!!!!
Dorothy DeForge May 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I agree! NO!
Malvi Lennon May 03, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I was born in a country where there are no elections because Cuba is under a dictatorship. I am 53 years old. Castro took power when I was one (on my birthday). I have never known any other so-called “leader” in my birth country. In America, we are free to choose our leaders. That is a gift of freedom. Voting is an honor, a privilege. Every citizen should feel ecstatic he/she has the right to vote. Why would we want to make it easier simply to encourage more voter participation? Someone who will not bother to register in a timely manner obviously does not treasure or recognize the awesome opportunity and responsibility every citizen has to engage in the political process. These are the very people who will sell their vote to the highest bidder. They are also the folks who are not engaged and simply do not give a rats a—about the issues that affect all of us as a community. Do we really want more of them deciding our future? I say NO. The story that “the poor do not have ID” is a, falsehood. ID is necessary for just about everything we do. The left wing, tax and spend, career politicians, bleeding us to death want to change the law because THEY and not the poor will reap the reward (more votes).
Bill Generous May 03, 2012 at 03:53 PM
I was thinking the same thing for the same reasons.
charles May 04, 2012 at 01:42 AM
In a country where our goal is to make the voting process as fair as possible, I never understood why Republicans in many states are trying to make voting harder. Did you know that 59,000 less young people will register to vote in the state of Florida due to knew voter registration restrictions? Also, student IDs at African-American schools in Georgia aren't sufficient under the new law on voter identification. Now that there is Liberal leadership in Connecticut, I think that it is important to make sure that we make voter registration as easy as possible? Every voter needs their say, and restrictions aren't fair, beyond age limits. Many people that are new to our country won't have proper identification, but still deserve a say. Voting is a right, not just a privilege.
Marty Salvatore May 05, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Logic! Finally! How could this possibly be a Red/Blue issue? All it does is generate more VOTING. It doesn't dictate what party a person is voting for. Partisan HACKS! Grow up.
Marty Salvatore May 05, 2012 at 03:17 PM
You know how many people vote without knowing 'the facts?' And how is registering a single day before you vote going to solve the problem of ignorance? And by whose standards do we judge said ignorance? Yours? You want to quiz people on current events before they vote? Stick with the outdated verification methods argument. At least that makes sense and can be agreed upon by everyone.

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