The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA)

The NVRA is a federal statute that mandated dramatic changes to states' voter registration procedures by January 1, 1995. North Carolina met the deadline and implemented all aspects of the Act.

The NVRA has often been called the "motor voter" bill because it required driver's license offices to take applications for voter registration. It also included other agencies and a mail registration program. It affects the entire process of registration. It created new opportunities for historically under represented citizen groups to make initial application to register to vote.

Certain groups that may not have had the opportunity to apply to register to vote, were offered the voter registration service when applying for services at any of a number of state agencies.

North Carolina Agencies required to offer the opportunity to register to vote are:

  • Division of Services for the Blind
  • Division of Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
  • Division of Medical Assistance
  • Division of Public Health/WIC
  • Division of Social Services
  • Division of Rehabilitation Services
  • Employment Security Commission

Assistance to Agency Personnel:

Toll Free Number: 866-522-4723

Email:elections.sboe@ncsbe.gov

Purpose of NVRA:

  • Increase the number of eligible citizens who register to vote
  • Enhance the participation of eligible citizens who register to vote
  • Protect the integrity of the electoral process
  • Ensure that accurate and current voter registration rolls are maintained