WASHINGTON – On National Voter Registration Day, U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Chairwoman of the Senate Rules and Administration Committee with oversight over federal elections, introduced three bills to make it easier for Americans to register to vote and to know their registration status. The Same Day Registration Act would require states to offer same day registration at polling locations on Election Day and during early voting. The Stop Automatically Voiding Eligible Voters Off Their Enlisted Rolls in States (SAVE VOTERS) Act would prohibit states from removing people from their voting rolls unless the state has obtained objective, reliable evidence that a voter is ineligible to vote and establishes notification requirements once a voter is removed. The Register America to Vote Act would require every state to create a system to register all eligible citizens to vote when they turn 18 and ensure all eligible voters are covered by automatic registration through motor vehicle agencies.

These bills were included as part of the Freedom to Vote Act, voting rights legislation led by Senator Klobuchar and supported by all Democratic Senators. 

Now more than ever, it is essential that our laws make it easier for people to vote,” said Klobuchar. “Democracy works best when Americans across the nation can cast their ballots, and these bills will continue to remove barriers that block people from voting.” 

The Same Day Registration Act would: 

  • Require states to offer same day registration at polling locations on Election Day and during any early voting period; 
  • Require states to offer same day registration at all polling places by the 2026 general election, but create a waiver process to give states until the 2028 general election to comply if earlier compliance would be impracticable;
  • Mandate that states have at least one location per 15,000 registered voters with same day registration by the 2024 general election; and
  • Ensure that centralized same day registration locations are reasonably located to serve the voting population equitably. 

The Same Day Registration Act is cosponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Tom Carper (D-DE), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Michael Bennet (D-CO), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ). 

The SAVE VOTERS Act would:

  • Amend the National Voter Registration Act to prohibit states from removing people from voting rolls unless the state has obtained objective and reliable evidence that a person is ineligible to vote. The legislation would clarify that failure to vote or respond to election mail would not constitute objective and reliable evidence of a voter’s ineligibility to vote;
  • Allow election officials to use state records to remove voters who have died or permanently moved out of the state;
  • Require election officials to send a notice explaining the grounds for removal within 48 hours of removing voters from the rolls and provide public notice within 48 hours after any general program to remove voters; and
  • Revise the voting procedure for a voter who failed to report a change of address by allowing a voter who moved within a state to vote at the polling place of the voter's current address or at a central location in the jurisdiction of the local voter registration office.

The SAVE VOTERS Act is cosponsored by Senators Angus King (I-ME), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

The Register America to Vote Act would: 

  • Require states to establish a system to automatically register all eligible voters when they turn 18;
  • Ensure all eligible voters are covered by automatic registration through motor vehicle agencies while preserving the option to opt out of registering to vote during their interaction with the agency;
  • Authorize $3 billion in grants for states to implement automatic voter registration; 
  • Allow voters to update their registration in the course of interaction with motor vehicle agencies;
  • Create safeguards against registration of ineligible voters and protections for people who are erroneously registered; and
  • Direct the National Institute of Standards and Technology to develop voter database management standards and security policies states can adopt.

The Register America to Vote Act is cosponsored by Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Tina Smith (D-MN), Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Ed Markey (D-MA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Bob Menendez (D-NJ).

As Chairwoman of the Rules Committee, Klobuchar has been a leading advocate for protecting the right to vote, increasing access to the ballot, and safeguarding election workers and the electoral process.

In July, Klobuchar and Deb Fischer (R-NE), Chairwoman and Ranking Member of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, introduced a resolution that passed the Senate by unanimous consent to honor poll workers in recognition of National Poll Worker Recruitment Day and to encourage more people to volunteer to help Americans vote.

In July, Klobuchar reintroduced the Freedom to Vote Act, landmark legislation to strengthen our democracy, which included resources to recruit and train election workers as well as provisions to prevent the intimidation and harassment of election workers. All Senate Democrats cosponsored this legislation. 

In March, Klobuchar and Fischer held a Rules Committee hearing on election administration, including the impact of increasing threats directed at election officials on the ability of states and local governments to administer elections.

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