Wednesday, February 27, 2019

St. Louis Democrat introduces bills to increase voter participation

(From Sen. Jill Schlupp, D-St. Louis)

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.


Anonymous said...

SB384 makes absolutely no sense....allowing people to register to vote up to Election Day is not going to make it more accessible. The same folks who fail to register by the current deadline and not vote will continue to not register and not vote. The problem is not the process...the problem is people who simply don't care to register and vote. Strengthen the curriculum taught in schools concerning civic and citizenship responsibilities and voter participation will increase.

Anonymous said...

Common sense idea, it will never survive the legislature.

Anonymous said...

Sounds like more leftist voter fraud! Early and Often voting is a scam.

Opiner said...

Agree completely. I do like 171, though.

Anonymous said...

I also like 171.