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New DMV Problem: Voter Registration Errors

Non-Citizens May Have Been Registered

KCBS Radio Morning News
October 09, 2018 - 7:05 am

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS Radio) -- The latest headache for the California Department of Motor Vehicles is the agency's admission that it may have improperly registered 1,500 people to vote. The agency acknowledges that some of them may not have been US citizens.

The admission came in a Monday letter to Secretary of State Alex Padilla, who said he was "deeply frustrated and disappointed" by errors at the DMV. The agency had acknowledged in September that it was responsible for voter registration errors involving more than 20,000 people.

The latest revelation comes from a DMV audit which found that some clients, including non-citizens, improperly filled out a voter eligibility field on the driver's license application.  The agency said none of the mistaken registrations involved undocumented immigrants, who are allowed to obtain driver's licenses under the state's Assembly Bill 60.

The DMV says the mistakes have been caught and individuals who were improperly registered to vote are being notified.

In the September report, the DMV said 23,000 newly-registered voters were affected by problems including having their names registered with the wrong political party or the wrong vote-by-mail preferences.

Padilla called for the DMV to bring in outside help to review the systems that led to the voter registration failures.

The voter-registration problems come at a time when the DMV is already under fire for long wait times to get appointments and long lines at many offices.