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Comment on Proposed Changes to NVRA Regulations

Proposed Changes to the Regulations Pertaining to the NVRA as Outlined in the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM)


NVRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking: Extended Comment Period (For complete information, see the NVRA Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.)

The U. S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) seeks comments on proposed changes to its regulations pertaining to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA). Section 9(a) of the NVRA requires the responsible agency to issue regulations for developing a national mail voter registration form and for submitting a biennial report to Congress on the impact of the NVRA. EAC proposes to amend its NVRA regulations to ensure that they are consistent with the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA) and to make some technical amendments. EAC also invites public comments on additional changes to the NVRA regulations to improve voter registration through the content and format of the Federal form and to change the date by which States are required to submit data to EAC for use in the biennial report to Congress on the impact of the NVRA. EAC will not make any changes to the NVRA regulations until after the November 2010 Federal election. EAC anticipates issuing a final rule pertaining to the regulations necessitated by HAVA. EAC may also issue new regulations about the content and format of the Federal form and the biennial report to Congress based on the comments it receives on the topics discussed in Section VI either in the same final rule or in a separate final rule.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 P.M. EST on November 23, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by docket number EAC-2010-0025, by any of the following methods:

  • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. Those commenting are strongly encouraged to submit comments via www.regulations.gov to ensure timely receipt and consideration.

  • E-mail: NVRAregs@eac.gov. Include docket number (EAC-2010-0025) in the subject line of the message. Comments sent via e-mail must include the full name, e-mail address, and the postal address of the commenter. E-mail comments that do not contain the full name, e-mail address, and postal address of the commenter will not be considered.

  • Mail: Send to “EAC Regulations” at U.S. Election Assistance Commission, 1201 New York Avenue, NW, Suite 300, Washington, DC 20005. Comments sent by mail must include the full name and the postal address of the commenter and be unbound, be on paper no larger than 8.5” by 11”; and be submitted in duplicate. Comments received via mail that do not contain the full name, e-mail address, and postal address of the commenter will not be considered. Mailed comments will not be accepted in electronic form (floppy disk, CD, etc.).

Instructions: All submissions received must include the agency name and docket number for this rulemaking. All submissions must include the following in the subject line: “Election Assistance Commission National Voter Registration Act Regulations.”

All comments received will be publicly posted, including any personal information provided. However, EAC will not post comments that contain profanity, vulgarity, threats, or other inappropriate language.

Docket: For access to the docket to read background documents or comments received, go to www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Karen Lynn-Dyson, Director, Division of Research, Policy and Programs or Mr. William P. Boehm, Deputy Director of Policy, (202) 566-3100 or (866) 747-1471 (toll free). You may also contact Ms. Lynn-Dyson or Mr. Boehm at NVRAregs@eac.gov.