Should Nevadans be automatically registered to vote when they get their drivers’ licenses? That’s a question before the state Legislature this session. Right now, people can already register to vote while at the DMV, but proposals would make this process opt-out instead of opt-in. In other words, Nevadans would get their voter registrations at the same time as their licenses automatically. Clark County Registrar of Voters Joe Gloria testified before the Assembly’s Legislative Operations committee about the proposals this week. Question: Will everyone who gets a Nevada driver’s license be automatically registered to vote? What about those people who are already licensed but not registered to vote?
Gloria: These people who come into the DMV — according to the petition language — once they come in for a transaction or to do business at DMV they will be automatically registered to vote unless they opt out and decide not to register to vote.
Question: There won’t be any type of fee for opting out or anything like that? And will it actually cost more since people will be registering to vote at the same time they’re renewing licenses and things like that?
Gloria: There’s no fee attached to them registering them to vote. In fact, they currently have the ability at DMV to register to vote, but they have to opt to do it. In this case, it will be automatic. They’ll have to opt out if they decide they don’t want to register.