Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA), the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) reports biennially to the United States Congress on the NVRA's impact on voter registration. In order to prepare the report, the EAC surveys each state biennially for the number of voter registration applications received and processed and where those applications came from (e.g., Department of Motor Vehicle (DMV) offices, public assistance agencies, agencies providing services to people with disabilities, and armed forces agencies).
The California Secretary of State's office is responsible for responding to the EAC's survey by gathering this voter registration data from the 58 counties. In the past, county reports to the Secretary of State have sometimes been incomplete due to an inability to properly track the number of new voter registrations coming from agencies designated as voter registration agencies under the NVRA. Tracking has recently improved, because the Secretary of State and all counties now require NVRA voter registration agencies to order voter registration cards (VRCs) directly from the county where the local agency office is located. This allows counties to distribute sets of VRCs by serial number, so that as completed VRCs are returned, the county will know based on the VRC serial number from which state or federal agency the voter received their VRC. Secretary of State Bowen has also developed and distributed a reporting form for NVRA voter registration agencies to use to report the number of voter registrations and declinations (when a person declines to register at the agency office) to county elections officials each month. These two measures should combine to improve California's overall reporting to the EAC on the impact the NVRA has on getting more eligible citizens registered to vote.
California's reports to the EAC can be found at:
Reports compiling data from all 50 states can be found on the EAC's website.
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