"The big impact is you're going to see higher registration rates," said Perry Grossman, Voting Rights Project attorney at the New York Civil Liberties Union. "And we are going to see the registration gap — between whites and minorities, high-income and low-income, native-born citizens and naturalized-citizens — close." … [Read more...] about Typo Stalls Voter Registration Bill in N.Y.
Automatic voter registration
Formerly known as Assembly Bill 1461, the legislation automatically registers adult citizens to vote at the DMV when they get or renew a driver's license -- unless they opt out. … [Read more...] about California DMV mishandled thousands of voter registrations
The Texas battle over the Motor Voter law stems from a 2016 lawsuit over whether the state is required to automatically update voters’ registration when people go online to change their address on their driver’s license. Currently, Texans moving to a different county have to print and mail out a form to their new county elections office, despite checking a box online indicating they want to change their voter registration. … [Read more...] about 5th Circuit temporarily halts implementation of online voter registration system
“The Secretary of State does not engage in any activities to find out why the program has not been successful for these eligible voters,” the report says. “Thus, there is no light shed on who these groups of individuals are or why they fail to register to vote, despite the convenience of the program. Without gathering this type of data, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to improve the New Motor Voter Program.” … [Read more...] about Audit Motor Voter program independently, California watchdog says
Republican legislatures primarily voted against the bill alleging that citizens who are not engaged enough to register, probably were not engaged enough to understand the positions on a ballot. Secretary of State Maggie Tolouse Oliver defended that removing administrative barriers to voting will increase voter turnout and ensure that more New Mexico eligible voters stay engaged in the political process. The automatic voter registration and same-day registration is likely to increase civic participation in statewide elections and keep up to date voter rolls. … [Read more...] about New Mexico governor signs bill allowing same-day voter registration