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5/31/2017 Rep. Coughlin’s bill that automatically registers people to vote at DMV passes House
STATE HOUSE – Rep. David A. Coughlin’s (D-Dist. 60, Pawtucket) legislation (2017-H 5702A) that provides that persons who apply to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) for a driver's license, its renewal or personal identification document shall simultaneously register to vote, unless they expressly decline to do so, passed the House of Representatives tonight.

“This legislation will create a seamless and efficient process that is more convenient and less error-prone for both voters and government officials when it comes to voter registration.  It will increase registration and participation rates, cleanse the voting rolls, make voting more convenient, and reduce the potential for voter fraud, all while lowering costs for the taxpayers,” said Representative Coughlin.

The bill would require that the person certify that they are an American citizen and it would also require the intent to provide false voting registration information before a person can be criminally prosecuted.

The act would take effect 30 days after the administrator of the DMV certifies in writing to the General Assembly that the Rhode Island Motor Vehicle Licensing System (RIMS) computer system is capable of meeting the requirements of the act.

The bill now heads to the Senate for consideration.

For more information, contact:
Andrew Caruolo, Publicist
State House Room 20
Providence, RI 02903