U.S. Justice Department: Connecticut is not complying with motor-voter law

election-vote-pins-shutterstock_274367468-488-309x232HARTFORD, Conn. – The U.S. Department of Justice said it’s planning to sue Connecticut for failure to comply with a section of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, if it doesn’t fix the problem.

The section of the law the Justice Department is accusing Connecticut of violating is related to motor vehicle registration.

“Our investigation indicates widespread noncompliance with Section 5 in Connecticut,” Vanita Gupta, principal deputy assistant attorney general, said in a April 15 letter to state officials. “Throughout the state, it appears that applications for a Connecticut driver’s license or non-driver identification card generally do not serve as applications for voter registration with respect to elections for Federal office, and that change of address forms do not serve as notification of a change of address for voter registration purposes if the applicant is moving between two towns.”

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One response to “U.S. Justice Department: Connecticut is not complying with motor-voter law”

  1. Stuart Wells

    Under current law, if you move from one town to another town, you must update your driver’s license with the DMV. The DMV sends a weekly list of address changes to each Registrar of Voters office, and the Registrars figure out which ones are registered voters in their town, and update their records to show your new address (if you moved within the same town)or that you are no longer a voter in the town (if you moved to another town). So, if you move within a town you remain a voter in that town, but if you move out of town you do NOT become a voter in your new town UNLESS you register to vote THERE. The DMV notification does NOT register you as a voter in your new town.
    However, if the DMV notification law was changed to also register you as a voter in your new town of residence, that would keep you on the voter roles, but it would mean that a whole lot of registered voters in the Registrars’ (19th Century style) card file (legally required) would have no corresponding registration card. A card file with a lot of missing cards (or dummy cards) is not much good as a card file.
    Also, the registrars cannot see or get a copy of the DMV form you signed, but are required to make changes based on the DMV’s information even if they don’t quite believe it, because, for example, there is no house at the address on the DMV list.
    Additionally, people are not always honest with the DMV because car taxes and insurance fees may be higher at your new residence than at your old residence, or you may just prefer to list your business address, or whatever.

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