Voter Registration Information

In 1993, the National Voter Registration Act, (NVRA) was signed into law. At first it was known as the “Motor Voter Law” because the BMV was the only place people could register.

  • Congress recognized that providing voter registration services at motor vehicle offices alone would discriminate against people who are least likely to drive, like the poor or disabled.
  • The act was amended and state law now requires certain offices and other public entities to provide voter registration applications and assistance in the registration of qualified persons.

These offices and public entities are called “Designated Agencies”.

Designated agency is defined to mean “an office or agency in the state that provides public assistance or that provides state-funded programs primarily engaged in providing services to persons with disabilities” or any other public or government office or agency that implements a program designed and administered by the Secretary of State for registering voters, including county departments of job and family services.

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