- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont has become the 14th state to allow voters to register up to and including Election Day.

Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin on Monday signed into law a bill to allow same-day voter registration. It takes effect Jan. 1, 2017.

Shumlin says the change will encourage more participation in elections. He calls voting the cornerstone of our democracy.

Under existing law, people must register by the Wednesday before Election Day. That will remain the case for the 2016 election.

Currently the one way to vote and register on the same day is to fill out an absentee ballot immediately after registering to vote.

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