When it comes to what the GOP really thinks about young people, minorities, and poorer Montanans, actions speak louder than words.
Montana Republicans are already working on several bills to make it more difficult for Montana citizens to exercise our voting rights–and it is these Montanans who are particularly impacted.
Rep. Ted Washburn (R-Gallatin County) has introduced the first bill to repeal election-day registration in Montana. GOP-ers seem to think that it is election day–or “same day”–registration (rather than bad ideas) which harms their chances of winning. But the facts show otherwise.
As Salon reports, studies have found that election day registration actually provides no partisan benefit. What same day registration does do is help more people vote–particularly young voters, poorer Americans, minorities and people who have recently moved. Studies have found that election day registration boosts turnout by 7 to 14 percentage points.