Bill to Expand Access to Voting Advances First Committee
Santa Fe – Today, a bill to expand access to voting advanced in the House State Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs Committee. House Bill 86, sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely (D-Corrales), Rep. Debra Sariñana (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Patricia Roybal Caballero (D-Albuquerque), Rep. Joy Garratt (D-Albuquerque) and Sen. Jeff Steinborn (D-Las Cruces), would provide voter registration at polling places on election day and at early voting sites for primary and general elections.
In the bill’s Fiscal Impact Report, The New Mexico Secretary of State states that studies indicate an increase of five percent, on average, in voter participation when individuals are allowed to register to vote and cast a ballot at the same time.
“Same day voter registration will encourage more participation in our elections,” said Rep. Joy Garratt. “This bill ensures that retirees and active duty military who are moving into our state are able to register without worrying about registration deadlines. When everyone has access to voting, our democracy is stronger and we have stronger representation in our government.”
Currently, seventeen states and the District of Columbia provide same-day voter registration.
House Bill 86 now moves to the House Judiciary Committee.