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Conclusion

In the years since HAVA mandated the nationwide adoption of statewide VRDs, the states have been largely successful in deploying their initial VRD implementations. Nevertheless, there are a number of immediate opportunities for states to improve the operation of their VRD systems. In addition, if the promise of statewide VRDs for improving voter registration is to be realized, the states will have to address some longer-term issues. These issues can be successfully addressed only with coordinated, concerted, and sustained support for continuing improvement on the part of many parties, including state election officials, nonelection state and local agencies, state legislatures, voter advocacy groups, and the federal government.



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7 Conclusion In the years since HAVA mandated the nationwide adoption of statewide VRDs, the states have been largely successful in deploying their initial VRD implementations. Nevertheless, there are a number of immediate opportunities for states to improve the operation of their VRD systems. In addition, if the promise of statewide VRDs for improving voter registration is to be realized, the states will have to address some longer-term issues. These issues can be successfully addressed only with coordinated, concerted, and sustained support for continuing improvement on the part of many parties, including state election officials, nonelection state and local agencies, state legislatures, voter advocacy groups, and the federal government. 

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