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White House press secretary Jay Carney on Tuesday defended a section of the application for health insurance subsidies under the president’s signature healthcare law where applicants can register to vote.

Carney said that similar provisions had existed for years on federal Medicare applications.

“The linkage of, you know, checking off whether or not you want to register to vote goes back to a 1993 law regarding Medicaid,” he said.

Under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act, states are required to ask applicants for driver’s licenses and social services if they would like to register to vote.