Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced her first bill of the 116th Congress: the Same Day Registration Act, legislation that would require all states to allow same-day voter registration for all federal elections. Brownley’s legislation was introduced as the new House Democratic Majority’s effort to restore democracy gets underway.

Currently, 17 states plus the District of Columbia permit same-day voter registration, which allows any qualified resident of the state to register to vote and cast a ballot on the same day. Brownley’s legislation would require every state to enact same-day voter registration for all federal elections, similar to the process allowed in her home state of California.

“High participation in our elections ensures representation that works for the people, not special interests,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “Same-day voter registration is one of the most effective tools for increasing voter turnout, which means better representation for everyday Americans.”

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