Alabama seeks to avoid lawsuit over 'Motor Voter Act'

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama reached a settlement Friday with the Department of Justice and agreed to make changes to comply with the two-decade-old "motor voter" law designed to make it easier for people to register to vote.

The settlement agreement comes after the Justice Department said in September that it was planning to sue Alabama after an investigation found that Alabama was not abiding by the requirements of the 1993 law.

"Voting is the cornerstone of our democracy," said Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General Vanita Gupta, head of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice.

"We commend the state of Alabama for working quickly and cooperatively with the department to ensure that eligible Alabama citizens can register to vote and update their registration information through motor vehicle agencies, with the convenience they deserve and the ease of access the law requires."