The elections board said registration activity is back to levels from previous odd-numbered years. Part of the issue, the board said, was local social service agencies had been printing registration forms that were not coded as coming from these agencies. Issues related to DMV's online address updates also are being addressed, Strach said.
Groups complained about a similar decline in public assistance registration applications in 2006. Those problems were addressed without litigation and registrations increased, according to Demos, a New York-based think tank involved in authoring the letters to state agencies last May and June.