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electionlineWeekly — March 1, 2018

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IV. Research and Report Summaries
electionline provides brief summaries of recent research and reports in the field of election administration. The summaries are courtesy of This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., director of research for the U.S. Election Assistance Commission.

State Motor Voter Systems Face Technological and Administrative Challenges – The Pew Charitable Trusts, February 26, 2018: In 2016 Pew commissioned a survey of almost 3,000 citizens in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, and Ohio as they left motor vehicle agencies to ask how and whether their experience complied with the National Voter Registration Act. This law mandates state motor vehicle agencies offer customers the opportunity to register to vote or update their registration information during licensing transactions. Survey findings include:

  • 40 percent reported they were not offered the opportunity to register to vote or update their registration during their licensing transactions; most said they would have registered if asked.
  • The mean transaction time to register to vote was six minutes; 62 percent reported a transaction time of less than five minutes, while 38 percent reported spending five minutes or more.
  • The vast majority of those who declined to update their registration said they did so to avoid spending additional time at a motor vehicle agency.