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As Democrats take back the House, a new bill seeks to mandate national same-day voter registration

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Voters across the country should be able to register to vote on Election Day, no matter where they live, according to new legislation being introduced in the House Thursday.

Right now, just 17 states and the District of Columbia allow same-day voter registration, and the bill, introduced by Rep. Julia Brownley (D-CA), would mandate that the rest of the country join them.

“High participation in our elections ensures representation that works for the people, not special interests,” Brownley said in a statement to ThinkProgress before the bill’s introduction. “Same-day voter registration is one of the most effective tools for increasing voter turnout, which means better representation for everyday Americans.”

Brownley’s bill, called the........

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