While 20 states have already passed laws that allow people to both register and vote on Election Day with a valid ID and proof of residency, New Jersey has an arbitrary, three-week deadline to register to vote. This barrier decreases voter participation and turnout, especially among youth and minority citizens, because
If people don’t register,
they don’t vote.
This means that those who have the most to gain from new legislation and the election of new representatives at the local, state, and national level are the very same people who are being kept from engaging in that election system. Same-day voter registration can change that and give all New Jersey residents the confidence that their voices are being heard.