8 Facts About Voter Registration


Voter registration is the process in some democracies by which citizens and residents are registered in order to be authorized and allowed to vote in elections.

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An effort to encourage residents of voting age to register is known as a voter registration drive.

A voter registration drive is an effort, often undertaken by a political campaign, political party, or other outside groups, that seeks to register to vote those who are eligible but not registered.

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In some countries, people eligible to vote must "opt in" to be permitted to participate in voting, generally by filling out a specific form registering them to vote.


They often need to re-register if they change residence across jurisdictional boundaries.


In other cases, when a person registers their residence with a government agency, say, for a driver's license, there is automatic voter registration at the same time by the government when the citizen is of the required age.

A driver's license, driver license or driving licence is an official document permitting a specific individual to operate one or more types of motorized vehicles, such as a motorcycle, car, truck, or bus on a public road.


Even in countries where registration is the individual's responsibility, many reformers, seeking to maximize voter turnout, have pushed for wider availability of the required forms, or more ease of process by having more places where one may register.


The United States Congress passed the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 and similar laws, which required states to offer voter registration at motor vehicle departments as well as disability centers, public schools, and public libraries, in order to offer more access to the system.

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 , also known as The Motor Voter Act, is a piece of federal legislation in the United States that was signed into law by President Bill Clinton on May 20, 1993, and began to take effect on January 1, 1995.


They also had to accept mail-in voter registration.

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