DMV May Have Registered Non-Citizens to Vote.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles said October 8 that it may have registered noncitizens to vote – what the San Francisco Chronicle described as “the latest embarrassment for the DMV, which said last month that it had included errors in voter registration data for 23,000 people.”

The agency said an internal audit found that DMV employees may have improperly registered 1,500 people at field offices between April 23 and September 25. The DMV notified Secretary of State Alex Padilla of the possible errors. Padilla said he is “deeply frustrated and disappointed” by persistent errors that “undermined public confidence in your basic responsibility to collect and transmit accurate voter registration information.”

Although the DMV’s role historically has been to license drivers, register vehicles and collect vehicle taxes, the Legislature and governor recently launched the Motor Voter program that tasks the agency with automatically registering and pre-registering eligible voters when they go to a DMV office to get a driver’s license or conduct other business. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle, October 8.)

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