Frequently Asked Questions



What is the NVRA's purpose?

The NVRA increases the opportunities for eligible voters to register to vote in federal elections. States are required to offer voter registration opportunities by mail, at Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices, at public assistance agencies and at other designated offices.

What type of public agencies must offer voter registration?

The NVRA required each state to designate a set of voter registration agencies. Generally, registration agencies are the Department of Motor Vehicles and other offices that provide either public assistance or state services to people with disabilities. In California, the list of NVRA voter registration agencies, also includes the Franchise Tax Board and the Board of Equalization.

What if the agency provides service to a person at their home?

If an agency, such as In-Home Support Services (IHSS), provides services to people at home, then the NVRA requires the agency to provide voter registration services in the home as well.

What duties does the Secretary of State have under the NVRA?

The Secretary of State is the chief elections official responsible for coordination of the state's responsibilities under the NVRA. The Secretary of State is also in charge of making the registration forms available through governmental and private entities.

Who has enforcement authority?

The Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice is tasked with enforcing the NVRA.

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