HARTFORD, Conn. – To boost voter registration, Secretary of the State Denise Merrill is asking legislators to back a plan that would automatically add anyone doing business with the Department of Motor Vehicles to the voter rolls.
Merrill said the concept “breaks fresh ground” and could add as many 400,000 new voters.
The proposal, which would also give residents an option not to register, follows similar efforts underway in California, Oregon and Delaware that show promise at increasing turnout.
“Our democracy works best when more people are able to make their voices heard,” said Cheri Quickmire, executive director of Common Cause in Connecticut, which supports Merrill’s plan.
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