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The exclusion of same-day registration would leave renters, students and those with inadequate housing out in the dust...I think some of it is to protect incumbency. I think some of it is status quo. This is how we've always done things."

Gouveia lamenting exclusion of Same Day Voter Registration

By Matt Murphy

House lawmakers on Thursday will debate legislation that would permanently expand early voting opportunities and make voting-by-mail a standard option in future elections, but Democratic leaders left out of the bill a popular reform that would allow voters to register and vote on the same day.

The latest version of the VOTES Act put together by House Ways and Means Chairman Aaron Michlewitz seeks to enshrine some of the changes made to voting rules during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to minimize health risks. New options for voters, such as voting by mail and expanded windows for in-person early voting, led to a record number of ballots being cast in the 2020 elections.