ABC30 reports that on Feb. 27, 2019, California’s state legislature agreed to yet another audit of the Department of Motor Vehicles, which “has been rife with scandal.”
This time, the audit will focus on the DMV program that registers drivers to vote. The department has admitted mishandling voter registration information for 23,000 drivers and double-registering as many as 77,000 others.
State Assemblyman Jim Patterson (R-Fresno) claims over 500 Californians may not have been able to vote last November because the DMV did not send their information to the Secretary of State’s office in time. He said: “The problems with motor voter have risen to such a degree that there is a bipartisan effort in this. The errors include registering 16-year-olds to vote….we have numbers of people who had their registration changed without their approval or knowledge. And actually sending them ballots they could vote through the mail.”
Brandi Orth of the Fresno County’s Clerk’s Office recommends for everyone to double-check their information on fresnovote.com, especially if they were involved in the Motor Voter snafu: “That way you can make sure you’re at the right address, confirm what party you want to be registered to, and if there is an election coming up it’ll tell you if we’ve issued you a ballot.” Orth said.
The DMV audit will be heard at a special hearing in May.
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