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Voter, DMV registration to be combined as part of agreement

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The secretary of the state and the Department of Motor Vehicles announced a first-of-its kind plan to streamline motor vehicle and voter registration.

Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and DMV Commissioner Michael Bzdyra said the National Voter Registration Act system will automatically register to vote those eligible people who go to the DMV for license or state-issued identification card services.

They called it an effort to modernize the state's execution of the federal motor-voter act.

Connecticut is the first state to introduce this kind of registration agreement.

“This is a monumental event enhancing voting rights and opportunity in Connecticut, and a continuation of our rigorous efforts to bring new voters onto the rolls," Merrill said. "This agreement also puts Connecticut alongside a vanguard of states that are leading the nation in the movement to register every eligible citizen."

Bzdyra said he was pleased with the agreement knowing that it will help register more voters in the state.

"We are eager to work with Secretary of the State Merrill and her team on making us a state at the forefront helping every eligible citizen register to vote,” he said.

Merrill's office and the DMV said they've been looking at ways to improve the National Voter Registration Act. It encourages voter registration at DMV offices when eligible citizens seek a driver's license or ID card.

Merrill said the system will take about two years to develop.

She said the aim is to make voter registration more convenient, efficient and cost-effective. The goal is to also increase participation in the democratic process.

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