Saturday, October 8, 2016

An interesting fact about Sanders and states that have some form of Election Day Registration ("Same Day Registration")

Minnesota has had same-day voting registration for decades, and it's never caused any problems, so I've always wondered why other states have been so slow to adopt it.

Part of the answer is same-day registration makes it harder for party leaders to control their parties, as the competition between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders revealed.

According to Voter registration in the United States, eleven states (counting DC) have "some form of EDR". Here's who won them:

Sanders: Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

Clinton: Connecticut, Illinois, Iowa, Washington DC

Whether Sanders would've taken Iowa a few weeks later in the race is a good question; that contest was held while Clinton's super-delegate advantage made her look invincible, yet the Iowa results were nearly a tie at 49.9% to 49.6%.

Election Day Registration would be a plank of the Democratic Party if the Democrats truly cared about democracy. Here's why:
Voter turnout is much higher in states using EDR than in states that do not. A 2013 report analyzing turnout in the 2012 United States Presidential election, had SDR states averaging at a turnout of 71%, well above the average voter turn-out rate of 59% for non-SDR states.[24] According to official turnout data report in the 2014 edition of America Goes to the Polls, voter turnout in EDR states has averaged 10–14 percent higher than states that don't have that option.[25] Research suggests that EDR increases turnout between three and fourteen percentage points.[26][27][28][29][30] A 2004 study summarizes the impact of EDR on voter turnout as “about five percentage points”.[31]