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Election Day Registration? Weekend Voting? Maybe.

Thursday, May 1st, 2008


We’ve already told you how Senator Bill Nelson wants to change the way and day we vote. Now two other election reform bills have surfaced that may do the same thing, in different ways.

In February, low-key Wisconsin Senator Herb Kohl (D) put forward S. 2638, the Weekend Voting Act, something he’s done before and something we’ve discussed with him on video. Right now the bill sits in the Senate Rules and Administration Committee for markup. We’ll keep following it.

In late-breaking news, the other Wisconsin Senator — Russ Feingold (D) — and Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and Representative Keith Ellison (D-MN), in response to Monday’s Supreme Court voter I.D. decision, put forward a proposal to have nationwide Election Day registration. We’ve talked with Feingold before on video, too. We’ll keep our eyes and ears on us mint silver coin and bring you any further updates.

For more about Election Day Registration, check out our very own Barnett Zitron’s analysis.

Photo of Senator Kohl, at right, via compujeramey on Flickr.

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