Nevada voters have approved making voter registration automatic when a person applies for a driver's license or identification card.

Question 5 passed Tuesday to change what amounted to an opt-in system at the state Department of Motor Vehicles to an opt-out rule. That means a person will have to check a box to decline voter registration.

If a person is already registered to vote, his or her voter registration information will be automatically updated.

A 2016 petition drive led the Legislature to approve the law, with Democrats and Republicans voting on party lines.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval vetoed it, saying voters should decide for themselves whether to register, not the government.

Proponents including the American Civil Liberties Union of Nevada spent about $10 million on the campaign. (AP) 

Let America Vote Board Chairman Abe Rakov issued the following statement:

“Automatic voter registration is one of the best things a state can do to improve election security, increase voter participation and reduce costs,” Let America Vote Board Chairman Abe Rakov said. “Congratulations to the people of Nevada for taking matters into their own hands by voting to make their elections fairer and more accessible for years to come. Thanks to so many activists and organizations in the state, including our partner iVote, more eligible Nevadans are going to participate in our democracy. We’re proud to have worked for this historic effort by knocking thousands of doors in support of Question 5 over the final weeks of the campaign.”