Issue #232

CA to send voter registration cards to Obamacare applicants

The move brings the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

The move brings the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.

Facing legal action from the ACLU and rights groups over federal voter registration laws, California will send applications to about 3.8 million residents who applied under the Affordable Care Act. Under a deal announced Monday by several voting-rights groups, the state will send voter registration cards to nearly 3.8 million Californians who have applied for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The move will ensure that many residents can complete or update their registration in time for the June 3 primary election, representatives of the groups said, and bring the state into compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The law requires that certain state offices provide clients with registration opportunities. The Department of Motor Vehicles and state offices that aid low-income mothers and the disabled are also among the agencies required to provide registration services. The accord resulted from negotiations between the state and the ACLU of California and other groups representing the League of Women Voters of California, Young Invincibles, and several individuals. Los Angeles Times, 3-24-14.