Making Voting Easier

Some moves afoot to make it easier to vote in DC:

District residents would be able to register to vote and cast ballots on the same day under a proposal that would remove nearly all barriers to participating in local and federal elections.

The legislation, set to be introduced Tuesday by D.C. Council member Mary M. Cheh (D-Ward 3), would place no restrictions on early and absentee voting and would grant voting rights to many 17-year-olds. If approved, it would make the District a leader in efforts to try to increase voter participation.

All good ideas, in my view. The United States is chock full of arbitrary barriers to people’s ability to participate in elections. Same-day registration, in particular, seems like a no-brainer to me.