Since the 1993 passage of the National Voter Registration Act, commonly referred to as Motor Voter, federal law has required that motor vehicle agencies in 44 states and the District of Columbia provide voter registration services to eligible citizens. Motor Voter registration is an effective way to ensure that rolls are up-to-date without inconveniencing voters and wasting government time and resources.
Despite the benefits of Motor Voter, election and motor vehicle administrators often face technical and administrative obstacles to providing effective, reliable Motor Voter services. These challenges can also create costly inefficiencies, including reliance on paper, increased wait times at motor vehicle offices, duplicate registrations, inaccurate or conflicting records, and out-of-date voter rolls.
Pew offers technical assistance to states interested in improving their Motor Voter services and conducts original research on best practices.