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Missouri: court orders social services department to follow NVRA

AP reports: The Missouri Department of Social Services has been violating a federal law that requires it to help its clients register to vote, a federal judge has ruled.

U.S. District Judge Nanette Laughrey issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday, ordering the social services agency to comply with the National Voter Registration Act, commonly known as the "motor-voter" law.

The agency said it would follow the judge’s order. ...

The National Voter Registration Act was enacted in 1993 and requires state public assistance agencies, which administer such programs as food stamps and Medicaid, to provide its clients with the chance to register to vote. The agencies also are required to help the clients complete the registrations. --

The decision is available on the site of Demos.

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