Dems push for same-day voter registration
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Sens. Amy KlobucharAmy Klobuchar Why isn't Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults? Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld Washington keeps close eye as Apple antitrust fight goes to court MORE (D-Minn.) and Jon TesterJonathan (Jon) TesterAmericans for Prosperity launches campaign targeting six Democrats to oppose ending filibuster Overnight Defense: Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform | US troops begin leaving Afghanistan | Biden budget delay pushes back annual defense policy bill Gillibrand makes new push for military sexual assault reform MORE (D-Mont.) want every state to offer same-day voter registration for federal elections. 

The Democratic senators have reintroduced the Same Day Registration Act, which would require states to allow voters to register on the day of an election.

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Ten states, plus the District of Columbia, currently allow eligible voters to do so, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In addition, the group notes that Illinois is expected to implement statewide same-day voter registration later this year. 

Advocates argue it can help increase voter turnout, while opponents say it increases the chances for voting fraud. 

Klobuchar said the legislation would help "foster" the right to vote. 

“The right to vote is the foundation of our democracy," she said in a statement. "We should be doing everything we can to foster this right." 

Tester added that the legislation could help combat "voter disenfranchisement." 

"States that continue to deny folks access to the polls on Election Day are fueling voter disenfranchisement,” Tester said. “Voting is a cornerstone of our democracy and we should make every effort to increase voter participation and allow more folks to have a say in their representation.”