"The Administration strongly supports the goals of the NVRA and is committed to enforcing its requirements, as applicable," the agency said in a statement.
Jenn Rolnick Borchetta, senior counsel at Demos, called this an "almost hidden voter registration question" that does not satisfy the NVRA.
To comply with the NVRA, she said, the exchange would need to directly ask applicants if they want to register to vote because applicants are less likely to see registration information if they aren't forced to answer a question about it.
"The NVRA also requires explanatory language so that people understand their rights regarding registration," Rolnick Borchetta told The Huffington Post. "And even if the Administration fixes the question in the portal, the NVRA requires that navigators and assisters be trained to offer voter registration assistance. Section 7 of the NVRA requires all of these -- and other -- specific protocols to ensure eligible voters receive a meaningful chance to register."