More voters register under new state plan

After being in place for six months, Vermont’s Automatic Voter Registration program has increased voter registrations, says Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos.

Between Jan. 1 and June 30, a total of 12,344 voter registrations were processed or updated by town clerks based on data sent by the state Department of Motor Vehicles. That’s up 7,626 from the same period in 2016.

Condos said he was impressed with that increase, given that last year was an election year.

When eligible Vermonters obtain their driver’s license or update their information with the DMV, their information is automatically sent to their town clerk for processing, without any action needed by the voter. Individuals may opt out of this process at the DMV if they wish.

“Automatic Voter Registration not only increases access to the ballot box by registering eligible voters to vote. It improves the quality of our voter rolls,” Condos said.

Vermont is one of nine states, plus the District of Columbia, that have automatic voter registration; 32 more states are considering such programs.

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