It’s nothing scandalous, but Connecticut gets a shout-out from a Democratic National Committee staffer in one of the more than 19,000 hacked emails that were released Sunday before the start of the party’s convention.
Pratt Norton Wiley, national director of Voter Expansion for the Democratic National Committee, sent two other staffers an email on May 17 linking to a story in Think Progress about Connecticut’s adoption of automatic voter registration.
Secretary of the State Denise Merrill and Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Michael Byzdra inked a memorandum of understanding in May to begin the two-year process of implementing an automatic voter registration system. Connecticut is the fifth state to adopt such a policy and the first to do it without legislative approval.
Merrill estimated that 400,000 eligible Connecticut citizens will be added to the voter rolls once automatic voter registration is implemented.
“It’s always nice to see Connecticut get noticed for the work we’re doing on voting rights and participation,” Merrill said Tuesday of the emails. “In several states, a streamlined motor-voter system was a bipartisan effort so I think both parties see the wisdom of removing bureaucratic obstacles to voter registration.”
Republican lawmakers in Connecticut have criticized the decision to move forward with the change at the same time as the DMV is struggling to implement a new computer system.