California to auto-register drivers to vote, sparking illegal alien voting fraud concerns
California this spring will begin automatically registering adults who obtain or renew a driver's license to vote, leading to some concern non-citizens and immigrants illegally living in the state could find it easier to cast ballots in elections.
State officials are disputing those claims, however, and say safeguards in place will prevent non-citizens from voting.
The issue involves the latest implementation of the California Motor Voter Act, which beginning in April will send information about drivers to state voter rolls unless the license holder opts out, or is not eligible. The automatic registration component of the process has some concerned about potential fraud.
?You're setting the state up for a disaster. They don't seem to have a process in place to verify that people are who they say they are. It's a free-for-all, a process that can be manipulated," said Catherine Engelbrecht, founder of True the Vote, a national organization that unsuccessfully pressed Gov. Jerry Brown to veto the law allowing automatic registration.
A California official pushed back against those concerns, telling Fox News those who must apply for or renew a special license classification the AB 60, named after the bill that gave illegals the right to apply for licenses in 2015 - would be excluded from the voter notification process.
?The driver license application program prevents undocumented Californians from being able to register to vote," said Jessica Gonzalez, Assistant Deputy Director of the DMV. Automatic programming will not let them go to the (voter) registration section. It will be automatically grayed out and can't be bypassed. It will require proof of U.S. citizenship and California residency."
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