Washington, DC – Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-CA) introduced the Same Day Registration Act, her first bill of the 118th Congress. Specifically, the legislation would require all states to allow same-day voter registration for federal elections.

“Elections are a cornerstone of our democracy, and participation in our democracy should always be encouraged,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “Far too often, the right to vote is obstructed by outdated voter registration regulations and voter registration lists. In many states, Americans face senseless barriers while trying to access the ballot box, including cumbersome pre-registration requirements and the absence of same-day voter registration laws.

“Our democracy cannot function at its best until it accurately reflects the people it serves. Same-day voter registration is an important step that all states need to take to increase voter turnout, which will in turn secure better representation of our country.”

Currently, 22 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, much like the process allowed in her home state of California.

Brownley has repeatedly expressed that high participation in elections is crucial to ensuring representation that works for the people, not special interests. Same-day voter registration will give more eligible voters the opportunity to cast their ballots and participate in the election process.

The text of the bill can be found here.