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California’s secretary of state and Legislature have launched investigations of the state’s automatic voter registration system, which officials say enrolled noncitizens and minors and got addresses wrong.
Democrats in Congress are promoting automatic voter registration nationally, as part of legislation dubbed the For the People Act, also known as HR 1.
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But a nonpartisan, nonprofit group called Election Integrity Project, California, has urged Congress not to pass HR 1.
The state’s automatic voter registrations in question occurred through the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
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The Election Integrity Project trained 200 volunteer poll observers in election law and reported DMV errors at sites in eight counties–Los Angeles, San Diego, Monterey, Ventura, Calaveras, San Bernardino, Riverside, and Orange.
“Our poll observers documented hundreds of voters who attempted to vote at the polls [but] had been changed to vote-by-mail voters by the DMV without consent, had not received vote-by-mail ballots, and were forced to vote provisionally,” Ellen Swensen, chief analyst for the Election Integrity Project, California, told The Daily Signal.
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Since California implemented its automatic registration system in April 2018, the DMV has admitted to mishandling related information for 23,000 drivers–including noncitizens and those who are too young to vote.
Clerical errors led to double-registering as many as 77,000, the department said.
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Swensen said the system added three to five times more provisional ballots being cast in 2018.
“A lot of voters did not receive their vote-by-mail ballots. Others were registered at the wrong address,” Swensen said. “There were people who were disenfranchised because they had to cast provisional ballots, through no fault of their own, and there is no guarantee provisional ballots will be counted.”
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California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, a Democrat who oversees state elections, agreed early last month to audit the DMV’s automatic voter registration system as part of a legal...
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