NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Mar 22, 1977
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(Studio) Admin. proposes election reforms, include easier voter registration, liberalization of Hatch Act, abolition of electoral college and public financing for cong., as well as president, elections.
REPORTER: John Chancellor
(DC) Report on prospect for passage of bill section with regard to public monies for congress elections; is called idea whose time has come. Feeling is practice worked well in 1976 president election, and has prompted studies on issue, incl. one by Common Cause. [Common Cause Vice President Fred WERTHEIMER - talks of incrd. special interest contributions to congress campaigns.] Not all agree with idea. [John TOWER - he's received no letters from constituents supporting idea.] Measure expected to pass.
REPORTER: Linda Ellerbee
(Studio) Another proposed reform with regard to registering on election day. Wisconsin and 3 other states have such procedure.
REPORTER: David Brinkley
(Madison, WI) Procedure in Wisconsin allows people with valid Idaho to register at polls when going to vote; procedure used in president election and will be used in Madison, WI, mayoral race. League of Women Voters supports idea. [League spokesperson Mary BEAN - League feels it's government's responsibility to help people register.] Registering on election day makes fraud easier. [Madison city clerk Eldon HOEL - in election day registration there's no chance for screening or challenging registrants.] University of California study on this method of registration noted.
REPORTER: Eric Burns