Motor Vehicle Agencies

Jump-Starting “Motor Voter”

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) became known as the “motor voter” law because Section 5 of the law designated motor vehicle offices as voter registration sites. For 20 years Americans have enjoyed the convenience of registering to vote, or updating their registrations, while conducting other business at the DMV.

MVA-ImageThe NVRA requires that DMVs take specific steps that will make registration extremely convenient for their customers, so that as many eligible Americans as possible will participate in elections. Yet many states DMVs don’t follow these rules. Often through omission rather than articulated policy, they relegate voter registration to a bottom-rung priority, for example, by failing to integrate it into new processes that become available due to technology. One result is that customers conducting online DMV transactions often miss out on the voter registration opportunities that the NVRA mandates they be given.
In short, “motor “voter” is stalling out in many states, and threatening to leave millions of Americans behind.

Project Vote is working with allies to enforce the “motor voter” law across the country, and ensure that states adapt this core voter registration portal to new technologies that have the potential to vastly expand the electorate.

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New forms make it easier to register to vote in Montana

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The Montana Vehicle Division has revamped many of its forms to help make it easier to register to vote, amid pressure from voter rights groups who said the state was not doing enough to comply with the national Motor Voter law. Read more

The Ugly Climate in North Carolina

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Continuing a pattern of discriminatory laws, North Carolina just passed a bill legalizing discrimination against LGBTQ+ people. Read more

Advocates to Court: Protect Rights of N.C. Voters This November

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North Carolina needs to follow the law before the state blocks more people from voting in November. Read more

Voting Rights Advocates Ask Court to Immediately Protect the Rights of N.C. Citizens to Vote in the 2016 Election

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Yesterday, Project Vote and partners asked a federal judge to issue an interim order to prevent widespread disenfranchisement of North Carolina voters. Read more

Action NC et al v. Strach (North Carolina): Memo in Support of Preliminary Injunction

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Project Vote and partners filed for a preliminary injunction to force North Carolina to immediately comply with Secs. 5 and 7 of the NVRA. Read more

Action NC et al v. Strach (North Carolina): Memo in Support of Expedited Discovery

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A memo in support of expedited discovery in Action NC et al v. Strach. Read more

Voting rights advocates: DMV is breaking the law by failing to register voters

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Voting rights advocates claim the state is violating a federal law enacted more than 20 years ago requiring the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to register voters. Read more

Voting rights group threatens Nevada with possible DMV lawsuit

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Voting rights advocates said Monday they have sent a pre-litigation notice letter to Nevada officials, warning that the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles is failing to meet its federally mandated voter registration obligations. Read more

Nevada Failing to Register Voters at DMV

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In 2014, Nevada citizens like Eleanor Newell didn’t get to vote because the DMV where she registered to vote was... Read more

Groups Threaten to Sue Nevada Over Longstanding Voting Rights Violations

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Project Vote and allies threaten a lawsuit if Nevada does not bring motor vehicle offices into compliance with the voter registration requirements of the NVRA. Read more