In Maine, Minnesota, New Jersey, Georgia and probably some other states now under GOP control there are efforts to end same-day voter registration. Generally, the opinion seems to be that Republicans simply want to make it harder to vote, apparently believing that GOP voters are more dedicated and will show up at the polls whatever barriers are erected.
I think there may be something much more sinister behind the effort, however. Republicans would seem to like the tactic of voter caging. Caging takes place leading up to an important election as a way of preventing certain voters from casting ballots; this was a tactic by Katherine Harris leading to the Bush/Gore debacle that we all remember fondly. The idea is to simply remove a broad swath of voters from the voting roles under some pretext - in the case of Katherine Harris, the voters with similar names but the same race as convicted felons that were removed. Due to the over-representation of African Americans among convicted felons this wide net caught a disproportionate number of African Americans (and not accidentally, a disproportionate number of Democratic voters). Many, probably the majority, of voters removed from the voting rolls were not felons of course, they simply had similar names to some convicted felon. Nevertheless these innocent potential voters were not on the voting rolls and so were not allowed to vote on election day.
What a problem same-day voter registration creates for someone wanting to use this scam to keep people from voting! In states that allow same-day voter registration a voter thrown off the voting rolls will simply re-register and then vote; all that effort and risk in voter caging just goes to waste. My strong suspicion is that this is really what is behind this effort to eliminate same-day voter registration.
Do you think I am just overly suspicious of Republicans' intent?