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Fri Jul 8, 2016, 02:11 PM

Virginia Politics McAuliffe unveils electronic voter registration at Va. DMV

Source: Washington Post

McAuliffe unveils electronic voter registration at Va. DMV

By Laura Vozzella July 7 at 2:23 PM

RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe on Thursday unveiled a new voter-registration initiative that managed not to rankle Republicans — quite a feat for a swing-state governor with a buddy on the ballot in a presidential election year.

McAuliffe (D) said that Virginia’s motor vehicle offices, which have handled voter registrations since 1996, are making that paper-based process into an electronic one.

The change will eliminate processing delays that can require the use of provisional ballots on Election Day, McAuliffe said at a news conference at a Richmond Department of Motor Vehicles office. It also will cut down on the use of staff time and paper at the DMV.

Each year, the DMV mails more than 500,000 completed paper voter registration applications to the Department of Elections, which in turn sorts and mails them out to local registrars around the state. Starting this month, that information will be transmitted from the DMV to elections officials with the touch of a button.

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