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National Voter Registration Act

In 1993, President Clinton signed the National Voter Registration Act, making voter registration more accessible and widespread.


The National Voter Registration Act was an attempt to increase voter registration and turnout in federal elections. The law required all offices providing public assistance or receiving state funding to be a voter registration site, such as DMVs and post offices. Additionally, each location also had to offer mail-in registration applications and maintain accurate voter registration data. The Act made voter registration more accessible and widespread, and it was very effective after its implementation. Over 30 million voters completed their registration in the first year alone.