Sec. of State Tries to Shore Up Election Confidence After Motor Voter Blunders

California Secretary of State Alex Padilla says he is working with California’s counties to ensure that ineligible voters do not cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election. His remarks come after the Department of Motor Vehicles acknowledged that as many as 1,500 ineligible voters, including one non-citizen, may have been erroneously registered to vote under California’s new motor voter law.

The “processing errors” occurred between April 23 and Sept. 25, according to the DMV.  Some of the registrations occurred in Kern County. According to the County Elections Office, 80 Kern County residents were improperly registered to vote. There is no evidence that any of them participated in the June primary, officials said.

The improper registrations are just the latest blunder involving California’s motor voter program. In September, the DMV said it may have botched over 23,000 voter registrations, resulting in people being assigned the wrong political party, language preference, and more. A software error caused problems for 77,000 registrations before that.

"These mistakes from DMV are absolutely unacceptable," Padilla said. "My concern is it risks jeopardizing confidence in the electoral process."

Suspension of the motor voter program is now being considered, Padilla added.

See also: What's behind all those DMV voter-registration snaufs? 'Motor voter' may have launched with makeshift computer system.



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