Motor Voter Act Anniversary

Posted by Zachary Schaffer on May 20, 2015 at 2:02 PM

Twenty-two years ago on May 20, 1993, President Bill Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NRVA), also known as The Motor Voter Act, into law. It was passed following a period of low voter turnout in federal elections. The primary purpose of the Act was to increase the number of citizens registered to vote.

Screen_Shot_2014-09-03_at_2.31.35_PM.pngThe primary strategy to increase voter registration was simply to make it easier to register. NRVA does this by requiring states to permit eligible voters to register to vote when applying for or renewing their driver’s license - hence the moniker “Motor Voter Act.” It also made it more difficult for states to remove a voter's name from the voter roll.
Congresswoman Matsui celebrates this bill and its importance. She has a long history of standing up for voting rights in Congress. Just a few months ago she co-sponsored the 'Voter Empowerment Act of 2015' in the House. She understands how crucial this issue is for so many Americans.
The right to vote is sacrosanct in democracies like ours, and our government must make all possible arrangements to ensure that each and every citizen obtains the elemental right to vote for those that represent them. Expanding not only voting rights, but voting access, is of paramount significance to ensure we remain as representative of a democracy as possible.

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