It's part of a pattern of voter suppression to keep the GOP in office:
Congress requires biennial reports on the Act’s implementation from the US Election Assistance Commission (EAC). The latest report, released this week, contains evidence of poor compliance with the law, especially with those provisions designed to register citizens with lower incomes.
In the same report issued four years earlier, North Carolina and Virginia reported 72,128 and 32,368 registration applications. In the new report, these states’ agency registration applications dropped to 33,332 and 14,497.
That 54% reduction in registrations does not represent "business as usual," it reflects a systemic change in operational procedures. Somebody (or bodies) brought this change about, and the only way to determine how that happened is to look at e-mails and (paper) memoranda. Breaking the law by mistake is one thing, but purposely undermining it is quite another.