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Bill Seeks Same Day Voter Registration

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A bill to allow same day voter registration in Nevada is being met with familiar arguments for and against the issue.

AB440 presented by Democratic Assemblyman James Ohrenschall of Las Vegas and Secretary of State Ross Miller would extend registration in the 2014 election cycle through the early voting period, which ends the Friday before Election Day.

Same-day registration would begin in 2016.

Currently, registration closes three weeks before an election.

In a hearing Thursday, Miller told members of an Assembly committee that more than 7,300 people registered too late and were unable to vote in last November’s election.

Critics expressed concerns about possible voter fraud.

Others dismissed arguments by supporters that registration deadlines disenfranchise voters, saying meeting deadlines amount to personal responsibility.

No action was taken on the bill.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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