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Voter Registration and Voter Roll Maintenance


In the U.S., voter registration is handled at the state and local levels. The federal government became involved in further regulating the states’ management of elections with the passage of the 1993 National Voter Registration Act (NVRA, known as the “Motor Voter” law), which applied to all U.S. states plus Washington, D.C., with the exception of North Dakota (which discarded voter registration requirements in 1951), as well as Idaho, Minnesota, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, which allowed Election Day registration as of the time the bill was passed.