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Republicans critical of automatic voter registration agreement with DMV

Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano with Sen. Michael McLachlan, Sen. Toni Boucher and Rep. Melissa Ziobron   (Christine Stuart photo)
Senate Minority Leader Len Fasano with Sen. Michael McLachlan, Sen. Toni Boucher and Rep. Melissa Ziobron (Christine Stuart photo)

HARTFORD, Conn. – An agreement between Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Department of Motor Vehicle Commissioner Michael Byzdra to develop an automatic voter registration system is an unnecessary and expensive proposition. That was the message from four Republican lawmakers who held a press conference Wednesday at the Legislative Office Building in Hartford to criticize the decision.

In response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s threat to sue Connecticut for not complying with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, Merrill and Byzdra inked an agreement to come up with an automatic voter registration system for drivers to use at the DMV when they renew their license.

Sen. Michael McLachlan, R-Danbury, said the current paper process has no new implementation costs. It involves making sure drivers are given voter registration cards by an employee at the counter and that those cards are mailed to their respective towns.

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One response to “Republicans critical of automatic voter registration agreement with DMV”

  1. Stuart Wells

    More voters registering through the DMV equals more paperwork costs for the Registrars of Voters office, whether or not the state has additional implementation costs. That’s okay, it’s our job, but it won’t be free.
    Our problem is that people lie to the DMV to save car taxes and insurance costs, so the information they send us contains errors (in addition to any that they make themselves) and we are required to take it on faith, and believe it, no matter how bogus it appears.
    However, the State must follow federal law and can’t just ignore the concerns of the Justice Department.
    Stuart Wells, Registrar

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