News Releases, Media Advisories
|For Immediate Release
July 1, 2003
|NVRA REPORT SUBMITTED TO CONGRESS
Almost 148 Million Registered to Vote in States Covered by Act
|WASHINGTON The Federal
Election Commissions Office of Election Administration has submitted its required
two-year report to Congress on the impact of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993
(NVRA), finding overall that there are 147,843,598 individuals currently registered to
vote in the 44 states and District of Columbia covered by the Act.
According to the study, during the 2001 2002 election cycle*:
Six states are exempt from the provisions of the NVRA: Idaho, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
The NVRA also stipulates recommendations from the FEC and Office of Election Administration at reporting dates.
The Help America Vote Act of 2002 incorporated, in whole or in part, three of the FECs seven previous recommendations for: (1)implementing a computerized statewide voter registry that is linked, where possible, with other agency databases; (2)employing the last four digits of the Social Security number in voter registration records; and (3)offering provisional balloting at the polling place.
The FEC reiterated two of its previous recommendations in this report to Congress:
The Help America Vote Act transfers the responsibility for this report to the United States Election Assistance Commission, but the transfer is not effective until the new commission is established.
The full NVRA report to Congress can be accessed at the FEC web site via the following link:
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*Figures do not include registrations in most of November and all of December of 2002. Registration activity is generally higher in election cycles with presidential campaigns.