Bellows Calls for National Same Day Voter Registration

Tuesday, November 5, 2013Press Release

Augusta – The former co-chair of Maine’s campaign to pass same day voter registration is running for United States Senate and urging passage of federal same day voter registration legislation.

“Maine voters endorsed same day voter registration at the polls in 2011, and Congress should follow Maine’s lead,” said Bellows.  “The attack on voting rights nationwide threatens our democracy, and it’s time that good people from all parties take a stand to protect our voting rights.  I pledge to work with Republicans and Democrats alike to modernize our voter registration systems, just like I did on the 2011 Protect Maine Votes campaign.”

Bellows co-chaired the 2011 Protect Maine Votes referendum campaign to restore same day voter registration when Republicans in the legislature struck it down in 2011.  The Protect Maine Votes coalition included 23 member groups.  The ballot measure passed with 59.9% of the vote. 

Maine has enjoyed same day voter registration since 1973, and it consistently enjoys one of the highest voter participation rates in the country.  It is one of ten states plus the District of Columbia that provide same day voter registration to voters on Election Day, 2013.  Voter participation for states with same day voter registration is higher than states without same day voter registration.

A bill to modernize American voter registration has been introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.  It has twelve co-sponsors, all of whom are Democrats.  Bellows announced her support for the measure and her determination to build a bi-partisan coalition for passage if elected.

For more information on voter modernization, visit:

http://www.brennancenter.org/issues/voter-registration-modernization

For more information on the benefits of same day voter registration, visit:

http://www.demos.org/publication/what-same-day-registration-where-it-available

 For more information on the Bellows’ campaign or launch events, visit: www.bellowsforsenate.com. You can follow Bellows on Twitter @Bellows4Senate and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BellowsForSenate.