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California DMV says non-citizens “may have been” added to voter rolls

California DMV license/voter registration going as planned.

From East Bay Times: An internal audit from the California Department of Motor Vehicles released Monday shows about 1,500 customers may have been improperly registered to vote.

“Approximately 1,500 customers may have been registered to vote in error,” the DMV wrote in a letter Monday to the Secretary of State’s Office. “This error has been corrected and is separate from the processing error we notified you about in writing on September 5.” Non-citizens are among the affected customers, according to Jessica Gonzalez, a DMV spokeswoman.

In early September, the DMV revealed it sent 23,000 erroneous voter registrations. These additional 1,500 errors occurred when DMV technicians processed customer requests at field offices to change voter eligibility responses on driver license applications.

The DMV said none of the processing errors occurred through the fault of the customer. None of the affected customers are undocumented immigrants illegal aliens.

“We have worked quickly with the Department of Technology to correct these errors and have also updated the programming and added additional safeguards to improve this process,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla responded with a harsh letter to the state’s DMV and Department of Technology.

“I remain deeply frustrated and disappointed that persistent errors by the DMV and CDT have undermined public confidence in your basic responsibility to collect and transmit accurate voter registration information, as has been required by federal law for 25 years.”

Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno, was even more critical, calling the situation “the unraveling of a cover-up.”

“Nothing surprises me anymore coming out of the DMV,” Patterson said. “This is probably the tip of the iceberg. I think we can expect more of these kind of registration problems.

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Of course: California DMV botched 23,000 voter registrations

From SF Chronicle: The state Department of Motor Vehicles incorrectly registered 23,000 people to vote, including putting the wrong political party and vote-by-mail preferences for those Californians, the embattled agency said.

The DMV, which has been criticized for excessive wait times in its offices despite millions in new funding, said Wednesday that the erroneous voter registration data were sent to the California secretary of state between April 23 and Aug. 5.

It said the errors occurred when DMV technicians had more than one customer record open on a computer at the same time, causing those records to merge. Updated software and staff training will prevent the mistake from occurring again, DMV officials said.

The errors also included signing people up to vote who did not register and putting the wrong language preference. The DMV said none of the errors involved undocumented immigrants illegal aliens, who are eligible to sign up for driver’s licenses. (Yeah, trust them not to make other mistakes!)

Affected customers will be sent letters noting the DMV’s error and how to correct them, the agency said.

“We are committed to getting this right and are working closely with the secretary of state’s office to correct the errors that occurred,” DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said in a statement.

The revelation brought immediate criticism from Republican lawmakers who have chided the DMV during Capitol hearings on excessive wait times. A Republican-backed proposal to investigate the DMV was killed by Democrats during a legislative audit committee hearing Aug. 8.

Officials in the department sent a status report to lawmakers Wednesday saying their wait times are down 30 minutes statewide.

The voter registration errors, which the department discovered Aug. 5, were not made public until Wednesday.

“It is one thing to wait in long lines, but quite another and even more troubling, to walk in to the DMV registered in one party to walk out registered in another,” said Assemblyman Jim Patterson, R-Fresno. “We have had similar complaints from Central Valley residents who have contacted my office. I believe this is just the tip of the iceberg. Something is being covered up that must be found, disclosed and fixed. The DMV cannot be trusted to police itself.

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