Californians can register to vote when mailing their driver’s license renewal, after state settles lawsuit

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Californians who renew their driver’s license by mail will soon be able to use that same document to become a voter, after state officials settled a federal voting rights lawsuit.

The lawsuit filed last May alleged that California was required to integrate voter registration into forms the state Department of Motor Vehicles uses to issue a license or update an address. While the agency made changes to its online and paper applications in 2016, it did not include voter registration on license renewals.

“The freedom to vote is the most critical component of our nation’s democracy and difficulty registering is one of the greatest barriers to exercising that freedom,” Michael Risher, a senior staff attorney with the ACLU of Northern California, said Wednesday.

Last spring, a DMV spokesperson denied that California was ever out of compliance with the federal law, the “Motor Voter Act” of 1993.

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