Why Do Americans Have to Register To Vote Over a Month Ahead of their Election?
I saw it mentioned on Evany’s blog that voters in Missouri have to register to vote by today, Oct 8, in order to vote in the November US presidential election. I also noticed this in the celebrities-telling-people-to-vote video posted on Rebecca’s blog – if you don’t register to vote in the US presidential election by whatever deadline your state sets, which may, as in the case of Missouri, be over a month in advance of the election, then you lose your right to vote. What is up with that? Here in Canada I can walk up to the poll on election day with my ID and proof of my address and register right on the spot. I’ve done it many times. It’s that simple! Doesn’t it seem problematic to take away people’s right to vote because they didn’t register over a month before the election? Is there some rationale for this that I’m missing?