Update to Arizona’s voter registration system seeks to keeps voters from being turned away at polls

State officials have agreed to alter procedures to ensure that Arizonans who change their home address aren’t turned away at the polls because their voter registrations have not been updated.
/Mamta Popat / Arizona Daily Star

By Howard Fischer| Capitol Media Services via Arizona Daily Star

State officials have agreed to alter procedures to ensure that Arizonans who change their home address aren’t turned away at the polls because their voter registrations have not been updated.

The deal requires the Department of Transportation and the Secretary of State’s Office to revamp the procedures used when someone shows up at an ADOT office to update an address. Put simply, any change of address for a driver’s license will automatically update the voter registration records unless the motorist opts out.

That same procedure will occur for online address changes.

Potentially more significant, any driver who changes addresses with ADOT who is not already registered to vote will be asked to sign up.

And in cases of online changes, the motorist actually will have to say that he or she does not want to register to keep that from happening automatically.

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