Connecticut registered nearly 700 new voters Monday and Tuesday, the first two days of a “motor voter” system established at the Department of Motor Vehicles under last week’s settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice. And the DMV wasn’t even open Monday, just AAA. Secretary of the State Denise Merrill said any customer doing business at the DMV or at AAA offices that serve as DMV branches is now automatically prompted to register to vote or update their voting address, a long-overdue step complying with a U.S. civil rights law.
AAA registered 153 voters Monday and completed 359 changes of address for existing voters. On Tuesday, the DMV and AAA registered 541 voters and updated the addresses of 689 voters.
Merrill released the data as she also announced that the Pew Charitable Trust just ranked Connecticut fifth on its “election performance index” for the 2014 election, up from 19th in 2008 and 10th in 2012.
“We are very pleased with the roll out in all our offices and AAA. We feel this is a strong step in helping more people exercise their right to vote,” said Michael Bzdyra, the DMV commissioner.