Voter Registration Agencies Under the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) [Updated December 22, 2021] [open pdf - 686KB]
From the Document: "A key purpose of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA) [hyperlink] was to expand access to voter registration for federal elections, in part by providing registration opportunities at various government agencies that people commonly visit for services. NVRA's 'motor voter' provisions require state departments of motor vehicles (DMVs) to provide a simultaneous application [hyperlink] for federal voter registration alongside an application for a driver's license. NVRA also requires that states designate other state or local offices (and potentially federal or nongovernmental offices, with the agreement of those offices) as 'voter registration agencies' [hyperlink], which distribute voter registration applications; offer assistance for applicants completing these forms; and transmit completed applications to the appropriate state election official. At times, Congress has shown interest in revising the NVRA voter registration agency requirements to, for example, specify participation by certain agencies or modify the registration-related requirements for designated voter registration agencies. On March 7, 2021, as part of Executive Order 14019 (Promoting Access to Voting) [hyperlink], President Biden directed all federal agencies to explore ways in which they could provide access to voter registration alongside the provision of agency services and potentially participate as an NVRA voter registration agency, if requested by a state. This Insight provides background on NVRA's voter registration agency requirements and briefly discusses related recent executive branch actions and legislative proposals from the 117th Congress."
CRS Insight, IN11782
Congressional Research Service: https://crsreports.congress.gov/