Good! and the party of obstruction cannot stop it! http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/election2008/2008-11-06-voting_N.htm State and federal officials are poised to consider a number of changes designed to make it easier for millions of Americans to get registered, stay registered and vote without problems. Democrats, including President-elect Barack Obama, have long been in favor of reducing impediments to vote. Now that they have seized the White House and increased their majorities in Congress, they are hoping to advance some stalled initiatives. "We're expecting that they're going to be fairly activist in 2009," says Doug Lewis, executive director of the Election Center, which represents state and local election officials. The most likely change in the next few years, experts say, is the expansion of early voting. Lines were shorter on Election Day in battleground states that allowed any voter to cast a ballot ahead of time. In states where excuses are required, such as Pennsylvania and Virginia, lines were longer. Maryland, approved a measure Tuesday that could lead to early voting there. wait there is more! •Universal registration. The top priority of voting-rights groups, such as the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University's School of Law, is to give the government responsibility for registering citizens. Everyone eligible to vote would automatically be registered and would remain registered if they move. •Making it easier to register. Proposals range from pre-registering 16- and 17-year-olds when they get driver's licenses to registering new citizens at naturalization ceremonies. Voting rights groups such as Common Cause want to add to the nine states that now allow Election Day registration. •Improving election administration. This could include new standards for machine allocation at polling sites, the use of paper ballots when machines break down, and the process of casting provisional votes. •Banning deceptive practices. A measure Obama co-sponsored in Congress that would criminalize deceptive practices, such as misinforming potential voters with phone calls and fliers, might resurface in the next Congress. "New action is needed to ensure a fair election for all," says Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights. This great for our nation to be more inclusive, Republicans are in favor of suppressing the vote and it is no wonder their base is shrinking. Thank God for Ronald Reagans law in 1986 we shall soon have even more of a base, Woo Hoo! btw thankyou my Latino brothers and sisters for voting for Barack Obama our President. Republicans need to get off their lazy be hinds and actually try to recruit you.