The right to vote is a cornerstone of our democracy. Archaic voter registration laws disenfranchise Missourians and prevent them from casting their ballots.
I've introduced two bills that would increase participation in the democratic process by making it more convenient for Missourians to vote in elections.
Senate Bill 171 allows any registered voter to cast an absentee ballot without having to provide an excuse for voting early. Twenty-nine states, including five of Missouri's neighbors, allow no-excuse early voting.
Senate Bill 384 allows voters to register and cast a provisional ballot at their polling place on Election Day, or register and vote absentee up until the day prior. 17 states allow same-day voter registration, including two of Missouri's neighbors. About 25 percent of eligible Missourians are not registered to vote. This bill makes voting accessible for those who otherwise would miss the voter registration deadline.
The voting process should be inclusive and ensure that all voices are heard. Now is the time to streamline registration and make voting convenient for our citizens so that all eligible voters can participate.