New Mexico House considers same-day voter registration
February 19, 2019 07:44 PM
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico House of Representatives is poised to vote on bills to allow same-day voter registration and to automatically register eligible voters during transactions at state motor vehicle offices.
Democratic House legislators pushed forward Tuesday with the initiatives aimed at increasing voter participation.
Under current state law, voter registration closes 28 days before Election Day. Democratic House Speaker Brian Egolf says that deadline prevents voter registration when political campaigns often are attracting the most public interest.
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is the state's top election regulator and says technology is readily available to provide accurate same-day voter registration.
A separate bill would register eligible voters or update their existing registration as they apply for driver's license or state identity card unless they explicitly opt out.
Created: February 19, 2019 07:44 PM
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