Battle over motor voter plan

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Plenty of people are angry at the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles for the lost documents, temporarily closed offices, and four hour long lines. So, should the DMV be given more responsibility?

The Secretary of the State Denise Merrill has signed a memorandum of understanding with DMV to computerize voter registration. She says the federal government has mandated that people be able to immediately register when they get their license or registration.

“We are currently facing a lawsuit from the Department of Justice and I will do everything I can to make sure that Connecticut is applying the law,” said Merrill.

Wednesday, Republican leadership today said not so fast. Wilton Senator Toni Boucher said they first need to fix the broken system.

“DMV cannot handle more in the area of motor voter programs, they can’t even get their own house in order,” said Boucher.

Merrill says it’s not like they’re going to flip the switch and have this happen tomorrow, they have two years to implement this. That means going to other states that have the system and figure out how they have successfully done it.

‘That is no excuse and I think we absolutely should be doing it. It is cheaper it is more cost-effective. It is more efficient and it helps voters,” said Merrill.

Connecticut is currently ranked third lowest in the nation just behind Mississippi and Alabama. Merrill says with a record number of new voters registering for the last primary, Connecticut can do better.

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