Voting in the District Gets Major Makeover
(Washington Post) — Eleven states allow voters to register on the same day they cast a ballot. Thirty-three states require electronic voting machines to have an auditable paper record. A similar number allow residents to vote before Election Day without excuse.
Only the District is attempting to do all of these things at once.
In one fell swoop, D.C. voters will find themselves on the cutting edge of national election trends. After a series of problems with the 2008 city elections led lawmakers to overhaul voting equipment, standards and procedures, the way D.C. residents vote is changing dramatically. Voters are now allowed to vote early without excuse, either in person or by mail; they can register to vote as late as Election Day; and they will use new equipment to cast their ballots.