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Massachusetts: same-day registration bill before Senate today

The Eagle-Tribune reports: Lawrence Mayor Michael Sullivan blasted a Beacon Hill plan to allow same-day voter registration saying it would open the "floodgates" to fraud.

The Senate is expected to vote on the proposal today. Beginning in November it would allow people to register to vote at their town or city hall and then cast their ballot. ...

Augustus pointed to studies showing as many as 220,000 more people would vote if they could register at the polls.

The bill, aimed at helping people who moved but didn't re-register to vote, would contain current antifraud safeguards. Voters would still have to show proof of identification and residency, such as a driver's license and utility bill. They would also have to sign an affidavit attesting to their identity. -- Lawrence mayor slams same-day voter registration bill - EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

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