NAACP Delaware State Conference President Testifies at Same-Day Registration HearingMay 08, 2013
(Wilmington, DE)— The Delaware House is considering House Bill 105, legislation that would allow voters to register and vote on the same day. The NAACP Delaware State Conference President, Richard “Mouse” Smith testified at today’s hearing and released the following statement:
“Delaware state legislatures have already shown that we are at the forefront of voting rights issues impacting our democracy,” stated Richard “Mouse” Smith. “Same-day registration is the logical next step to ensure access to the ballot and that every vote cast is counted on Election Day.”
States with same-day registration historically lead the nation in voter turnout. Currently, eleven states and the District of Columbia offer same-day registration on or before Election Day. The House legislation passed out of committee today. If the Delaware House and Senate pass this legislation it will join Maryland in adding same-day registration this year. The NAACP will continue to work to make sure every eligible citizen has the chance to have his or her voice heard.
Founded in 1909, the NAACP is the nation's oldest and largest nonpartisan civil rights organization. Its members throughout the United States and the world are the premier advocates for civil rights in their communities. You can read more about the NAACP’s work and our five “Game Changer” issue areas here.