Mi Familia Vota praises Nevada’s efforts to improve voter registration

Voting rights advocates and Nevada officials announced Monday that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding in order to streamline and modernize voter registration opportunities through the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Demos, Project Vote, the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada (ACLUNV), and the law firm Armstrong Teasdale LLP working on behalf of the Mi Familia Vota Education Fund, the League of Women Voters of Nevada, and voter Eleanor Newell held discussions with the office of the Governor, the DMV, and Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske’s office to develop a protocol and timeline for bringing Nevada into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). [...]

“The National Voter Registration Act was designed so that driver licensing and voter registration are a simultaneous process in which the customer completes a single form that serves as both a driver’s license application to the DMV and a voter registration document for use by state and local election officials,” said Scott Novakowski, counsel at Demos and an attorney involved in leading the discussions between the interested parties. “According to the plan implemented through the Memorandum of Understanding, DMV customers will be able to register to vote without completing duplicative paperwork.”