The National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) has two major aspects related to voter registration: maintaining accurate voter rolls through list maintenance and ensuring every eligible citizen has the opportunity to register to vote through the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) and designated NVRA Voter Registration Agencies (VRAs).
List maintenance requires county elections officials to maintain an accurate list of voters in their respective counties. County elections officials are required to, among other things: accept voter registrations from DMV and VRA offices, send confirmation notices to new voters and voters with status updates, send notices to voters who change their addresses, place voters on inactive status if they move out of state or having mailing returned undeliverable with no forwarding address, and remove voters from their rolls if the voters are no longer eligible to vote in California.
NVRA is often referred to as Motor Voter, because it requires DMV offices to offer customers an opportunity to register to vote when they apply for or renew their driver licenses or state ID cards, or change their addresses. Under the NVRA, many other state government offices, known as VRAs, and private entities under contract with those offices are also required to offer people the opportunity to register to vote.
Here you will find information on the NVRA and the Secretary of State's efforts to assist state VRAs and county elections officials in ensuring compliance with the NVRA.
The NVRA has five main provisions for states: