"[T]he California Assembly has passed a same-day voter registration law, allowing voters to register to vote all the way until election day. This is a no-brainer and doesn’t open up the potential for fraud, as voters registered on the same day would still be checked to make sure no multiple votes were cast. As a volunteer working every day on the election here in Ventura County, I’ve already talked to about a dozen people who are unable to vote here because they discovered they weren’t registered here, and only discovered that within the 15 day window prior to election day. Those people and thousands like them have been needlessly disenfranchised. Allowing for same-day registration will significantly increase the pool of voters especially among the young and “others” on the fringes of society, making it more difficult for conservatives to purchase elections.
There’s another way to increase voter turnout, too: moving elections to weekends. The fact that American voter turnout is so low is partly because we vote on a day that is not amenable for many working-class people. Of course, mail ballot voting has helped to assuage this problem, but most Americans still vote at the polls on “Election Day.” Why do we vote on Tuesdays? For no terribly good reason. It goes back to an 1845 law, established to give people traveling by horse-drawn carriage to take all of Monday to travel to the county courthouse after allowing Sunday to be devoted to rest. Yes, that’s the actual reason."