Voter Registration in Rural Public Assistance Offices: Assessing Oregon's Compliance with the NVRA

Voter Registration in Rural Public Assistance Offices: Assessing Oregon's Compliance with the NVRA

When Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) in 1993, its goals were to "increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote in elections for Federal office" and "protect the integrity of the electoral process." Yet, while most states created effective programs for mail-in and Department of Motor Vehicles-based registration processes, many neglected the NVRA's social service agency requirements (detailed in Section 7).

This report focuses attention on the state of Oregon, an early leader with respect to public assistance agency-based voter registration but whose policies and level of compliance have varied over the years.