NVRA List Maintenance Requirements
The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) requires counties to do the following in order to maintain an up-to-date list of voters within the county:
- Accept new voter registrations from Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices, as long as the registration forms were received at a DMV office by the 15-day voter registration deadline;
- Send a notice to each newly registered voter to confirm their registration. These notices are sometimes called Voter Notification Cards (VNCs);
- Send a notice to each voter who moves and leaves a forwarding address with the post office. These notices are sometimes called California Residency Confirmation Postcards (CRCPs); and
- Place voters on inactive status if they have moved and not responded to an address confirmation request. The NVRA prevents elections officials from removing these voters from the voter list and placing the voter on inactive status until two federal general elections have passed and the voter has not voted. State law also contains change of address and inactive procedures in California Elections Code, sections 2220 to 2226.