You can find a basic amount of information on Election Day voter registration here on Wikipedia . Maine has been doing this for 38 years and when their legislature recently tried to create even a two-day limit, the citizens quickly overturned that change in a referendum. The director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine spoke of the ballot victory by saying, “No one will be denied a right to vote” and that is a good description of what this change in our charter would help to do. Councilmember Seth Grimes also has a post describing our proposal on his website.
In Maryland, you can find a report by the state’s Department of Legislative Services from 2008 here which describes much of the background on why this change could be beneficial. There have been efforts to make this change happen at the statewide level at least since 2008. This year, the Maryland Senate has already passed SB 279 which would make it possible to register during early voting and expands early voting days – a press release summarizing it is available here. The companion bill in the House (on which Delegate Tom Hucker is a cosponsor) is available here and you can track its progress by signing up for updates at this site. Its also supported by the Governor. Maryland will likely add this option for those voting early by 2014, but our amendment would go further and establish Same Day Registration in city elections – you could register and vote right up to Election Day. Our initiative has been endorsed by the ACLU of Maryland, Progressive Maryland and FairVote. A state bill proposing same day registration has also been introduced in Maryland.