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State officials team up to allow voter registration at DMV offices

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Department of Motor Vehicles

HARTFORD — Eligible citizens in Connecticut will eventually be automatically registered to vote when they visit the Department of Motor Vehicles for license or state-issued identification services.

Officials from the DMV and the Secretary of the State’s Office announced Tuesday they reached an agreement that could lead to automatic voter registration by Aug. 7, 2018. A plan still must be developed.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill says Connecticut is the first state to introduce automatic voter registration through this type of agreement, saying it will enhance voting rights and opportunity.

Merrill had pushed for similar legislation this year in the General Assembly but it ultimately did not pass.

A 1993 federal act, known as the motor-voter law, encourages voter registration at DMVs.