Linking Driving Records to Voter Records: It’s the Law
Federal law requires that in 44 states, motor vehicle agencies must offer citizens the opportunity to register to vote when they come in to get a driver's license. The motor vehicle offices are then required to send those registration applications to the appropriate elections agency. As the law reaches the ripe old age of 21, how’s it going?
This webinar included faculty from The Pew Charitable Trusts and representatives from Delaware, a state that has successfully implemented a system to seamlessly transfer data between its motor vehicle office and election office. It covered:
- What does the federal National Voter Registation Act require of motor vehicle agencies?
- Is it working?
- What are state approaches to ensuring compliance with the law?
- Who benefits from improved, electronic transmission of data?
- What actions have states taken, or are considering, to improve the link between motor vehicle agencies and voter registration?
- Elaine Manlove, state election commissioner, Delaware
- Jennifer Cohan, secretary, Department of Transportation, Delaware
- Sam Derheimer, The Pew Charitable Trusts
- Wendy Underhill, NCSL elections program manager