President Bill Clinton signs the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) into law. The law addresses states’ racial discrimination in voter registration by requiring state governments to offer voter registration to driver’s license and public assistance applicants, making it easier for voters to register and maintain that registration. It also allows voters to register by mail. In 1996, the first general election year since the NVRA’s passage, the Federal Election Committee reports that 72 percent of the voting-age population has registered, the highest voter registration percentage since reliable records first became available in the 1960s. North Dakota, Idaho, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, and Wyoming remain exempt from this law.

 

Bill Clinton signing the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (Motor Voter Act), as Vice-President Albert Gore and notable members of Congress look on.