New Jersey lawmakers on Thursday passed legislation expanding automatic voter registration in the state. The “motor bill” passed the state Assembly, 50-23, and the state Senate, 24-13. The legislation makes it so individuals will be automatically registered unless they opt out of the process. If signed as expected by Gov. Phil Murphy (D), New Jersey would be home to one of the most widespread automatic voter registration programs in the U.S.
The legislation was originally designed so individuals could be automatically registered to vote when they went to Motor Vehicle Commission offices.
However, Democrats altered the measure last week so that participating state agencies could garner enough data to register an individual.