California has added voter registration to its Obamacare enrollment process and now they want Obamacare funding to cover those costs.
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Peter Lee, the head of Covered California, asked in a letter to Obamacare officials whether federal funding intended to help start up state health exchanges can also be used for voter registration. Specifically, Lee is asking whether California can use funding under Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) for voter registration.

This section provides grants to carry out the establishment of health exchanges. There is no mention of voter registration (or funding for that purpose) anywhere in the ACA.

The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (the Motor-Voter law) does require that voter registration be provided by States at offices that provide public assistance. But the Motor-Voter law does not provide any funding either.

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