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UPDATE: California disputes Motor Voter registration of illegals

UPDATE: California disputes Motor Voter registration of illegals

The “April Fool’s” joke is on the voting rights of California’s legal citizens.

A California law, which goes into effect on April 1, automatically registers people to vote when they apply for a new driver’s license or new state identification card.

The Golden State permits anyone who claims to be in the country legally, even without proof, to obtain a license. So, logically, I anticipate that California could be getting a whole, new crop of illegal immigrant voters.

A new law in California that goes into effect this spring will automatically register people to vote – including immigrants who are in the country illegally.

In 2015, the state passed a law called the California New Motor Voter Act to increase voter rolls by simplifying the process to register to vote.

The legislation, which goes into effect April 1, will automatically register people who apply for a new driver’s license or new state ID at the Department of Motor Vehicles.

The new rules were created in response to a lawsuit claiming it was too challenging to fill out both a driver’s license application and voter registration form (despite the fact millions of Californians have done so for many, many years).

The settlement reached Jan. 10 ends eight months of litigation over California’s alleged violations of the National Voting Rights Act of 1993.

The League of Women Voters and three other groups sued the state’s Department of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State’s Office in May 2017, claiming the state burdens would-be voters by making them fill out the same information on two separate forms to register to vote.

“We are very pleased that Californians will have easier access to voter registration,” said Jeremiah Levine, an attorney with Morrison Foerster who represented the voting rights groups. “We are especially satisfied that changes will be made before California’s statewide and federal primary elections.”

The state agreed to roll out a new program that will automatically register driver’s license applicants to vote unless they opt out. The program is part of AB 1461, dubbed the California New Motor Voter Act. Signed into law in October 2015, the new statute requires the DMV to forward records for all eligible applicants to the Secretary of State’s Office for registration unless those applicants elect not to register to vote.

Paired with the proposal to hike the corporate tax rate for the state, this new measure should incentivize Californians who are legal residents…to obtain new licenses in other states after they relocate.

Over 800,000 illegal immigrants had applied for driver’s licenses in California as of last April. Those who acquired these priceless gems of identification included a Mexican man living in the U.S. illegally who allegedly used his job as an Uber driver to rape and rob 4 young women in this state.

Alfonso Alarcon-Nunez drove women to their homes, assaulted them, and stole property including cellphones, computers and jewelry, officials said. He collected his fare payments through the smartphone app Venmo to disguise his identity and his Uber records.

DNA evidence helped lead detectives to Alarcon-Nunez, who was arrested at his Santa Maria home last week, San Luis Obispo County District Attorney Dan Dow said at a news conference.

The alleged crimes occurred over four weeks starting in mid-December in San Luis Obispo, a city of about 45,000 that is home to California Polytechnic State University. Alarcon-Nunez’s victims are between 19 and 22 and three were drunk at the time of the crimes, Dow said.

Linda Paine, a co-founder of the nonpartisan Election Integrity Project of California who has been monitoring the situation, is deeply troubled by the development.

…[H]er organization has visited DMV offices to observe how workers handle undocumented immigrants. She said the visits, and meetings with state officials, left her with little confidence about any safeguards to prevent illegal voter registration.

“There are thousands and thousands of DMV workers across our huge state,” Paine told Fox News. “They’re not all trained. There’s no actual protection to prevent noncitizens from being added to voter rolls. It’s not even that people who are ineligible want to be registered. They may not know that they have to select ‘Opt out.’”

Hopefully, a team of savvy, Constitution-embracing lawyers will find a way to challenge this horrendous law, because of the enormous potential to dilute the legal votes of Americans and push California further out of lock-step with the rest of the nation.

The New Motor Voter Act is a bad joke on the voting rights of California’s legal citizens.


Post title originally read: California’s “New Motor Voter Act” automatically registers illegal immigrants to vote. That title has been changed since publication.

Included in the article is a report from Fox News, which has since been updated. California’s DMV is not happy that changes to their program are being questioned.

California’s DMV provided the following clarification:

Undocumented Californians are not eligible to register to vote and DMV has programming measures to prevent that from occurring. One example is the technician is unable to enter information that would allow the undocumented customer to register. It is automatically greyed out and cannot be bypassed.

The California DMV and the Secretary of State are working to implement AB 1461, the California New Motor Voter Program, which is intended to increase opportunities for voter registration for any applicant who is qualified to register to vote. That program will launch in April 2018 – no exact date yet.

The New Motor Voter Program will automatically register customers to vote, if eligible, during driver license, ID card, or change of address transactions. A customer can choose to opt-out of the process.

To be eligible to vote, you must be a U.S. citizen and a resident of California, 18 years old or older on Election day, not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and not prohibited from voting by a court because of metal [sic] incompetency. Again, undocumented Californians, those applying for a driver license under Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) cannot register to vote.

Updated by Kemberlee Kaye at 5:40 PM.


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Judicial Watch has an Election Integrity Project… Maybe they would look at this act? I hope they are aware of it.. they must be.

casualobserver | January 25, 2018 at 9:54 am

Surely this auto-registration does NOT make the eligible for federal elections, does it? If so, plan on seeing endless challenges to CA voting results for as long as this is in effect. It will be too easy to go to any poll location and find one or a few voters who are actually not eligible (non-citizens), making the entire state’s results open to question.

    It doesn’t make them legally eligible to vote, but it does make them able to vote, hence the problem.

    CA could probably officially extend the franchise to every person who happens to be in its territory on election day, whether citizen or alien, legal or not; that would solve the technical legal problem, but of course create a political ****storm. So it hasn’t done that, it still maintains that only US citizens are entitled to vote, but is now enabling all these other people to vote illegally and relying on them to know not to. Which is, of course, not going to happen.

    Correction. Even if states do extend the franchise to aliens, it’s a federal crime for aliens to vote in federal elections. (With a narrow exception for some aliens who reasonably believe themselves to be citizens.)

Why all the emphasis on illegal immigrants? Legal alien immigrants are entitled to drivers’ licenses in every state, but are not eligible to vote. And, being legal, they’re not afraid of ICE, so logically they’d be bolder in accepting this registration and actually voting. If they’re ever caught they have the perfect defense: they had no idea it was against the law. After all, they’re on the roll, they were sent a voter card, how were they to know they shouldn’t vote?

At least, currently in most states, to be registered to vote they have to sign a separate statement in which they declare under penalty of perjury that they’re citizens. This means nothing, because when caught they say they didn’t read the statement, didn’t understand it, and just signed where the DMV official told them to sign. Most people do that, it’s perfectly normal, and one can’t be convicted on that basis. But at least it’s something. Now CA is getting rid even of that, so how can they expect even perfectly innocent aliens from voting under the mistaken impression that it’s their civic duty?

    Edward in reply to Milhouse. | January 25, 2018 at 10:23 am

    I could easily be mistaken, but voting illegally just might threaten their Permanent Resident status, which would be a strong incentive to not vote illegally. Might be worthwhile for at least one party (if not others which might not be recipients of such votes) to make an effort to publicly inform people of legal restrictions on non-citizen voting.

      Milhouse in reply to Edward. | January 25, 2018 at 10:43 am

      It might indeed be worthwhile, but the RNC is under a consent decree not to do so, so someone else will have to. Be prepared to be accused of “voter intimidation” and hauled into court on some bogus charge, which will never survive but may interfere with your activities on the day.

Let’s stop calling them illegal IMMIGRANTS. An immigrant arrives legally, so the phrase is a contradiction in terms. “Illegal aliens” is far more accurate and logically consistent.

    4th armored div in reply to MTED. | January 25, 2018 at 11:48 am

    alien invaders is a much more accurate description.

    we need someone to produce a sci-phi film showing just how MS 13 and others attack our republic.

    Milhouse in reply to MTED. | January 26, 2018 at 4:38 pm

    An immigrant arrives legally, so the phrase is a contradiction in terms.

    That is utter bulldust, a bald-faced lie. An immigrant is an immigrant no matter how they arrived. You are not entitled to make things up just because you feel like it.

regulus arcturus | January 25, 2018 at 11:01 am

Let’s see what the results of the upcoming election are, and examine the results when voting by illegals occurs, “unintentionally.”

If that can be shown, then this would seem to establish legal cause of action against CA and this behavior (dilution of legal voters’ rights).

This bill would provide that if a person who is ineligible to vote becomes registered to vote by operation of the California New Motor Voter Program in the absence of a violation by that person of the crime described above, that person’s registration shall be presumed to have been effected with official authorization and not the fault of that person. The bill would also provide that if a person who is ineligible to vote becomes registered to vote by operation of this program, and that person votes or attempts to vote in an election held after the effective date of the person’s registration, that person shall be presumed to have acted with official authorization and is not guilty of fraudulently voting or attempting to vote, unless that person willfully votes or attempts to vote knowing that he or she is not entitled to vote.

So, if an ineligible person is registered and actually votes, they are considered innocent(of fraud), unless they knew that they shouldn’t. What could go wrong with that?

Will this make a noticeable difference in CA elections? Could these illegal voters actually elect bigger idiots than the legal voters seem to be able to do today?

Also, if CA enables voter fraud in a federal election, is the governor engaging in criminal activity?

Can I register (I live in TX) to vote in a CA election? If I only vote in non-federal elections, would I violate any laws? Oh, wait…I was born in the USA so I have to comply with laws.

“there is already a separate process for residents in the country illegally to apply for special licenses. Although citizens are currently offered the opportunity to register to vote at the DMV under an earlier federal law, noncitizens are not. That will continue under the new registration process. People applying for the special licenses will not be asked about their eligibility to vote and will not be asked if they’d like to opt out of registration.”

Why isn’t this action by Ca a violation of voting civil rights? The outcome is willfully diluting the value of a citizen’s vote. If one can have suppression , one can have dilution. Same outcome. I know the argument better to have 10 illegals vote than one legal voter denied.

Also, this registration will obscure true numbers of illegal votes.

There is a reason why California is only now OFFERING DLs and ID cards, which comply with the provisions of the Real ID Act, to those Kalifornians who want them. Such ID will have to be marked, in some manner, to indicate that it is compliant with that Act. And, that means that compliant ID will only be issued to those people who were in the country legally when the ID was issued. The politicians in Kalifornia knew that compliant ID was coming, as the Federal Government notified them two years ago that they would have to begin issuing such ID. What this means is that any LEO can tell, at a glance, who is likely to be in the country illegally, as soon as that person produces ID. That is one of the reasons for the laws and directives banning local and state law enforcement [and other entities who might require to see ID, such as landlords] from notifying ICE of the identity of an illegal alien.

The larger danger is not individual voters, but the existence of a nice, neat database with very clear indicators of people who are not likely to vote for themselves (the admitted non-citizens).

This will be a perennial temptation for people who want a few extra votes that are unlikely to be detected.

Anybody who thinks this won’t happen hasn’t been paying attention to the abuse of the FISA court.

Perhaps its time to “flood the zone”. Should other states send felons to California in lieu of imprisonment? Seems like California wants them to help become Bluer. Should the Federal Government set up affordable housing for violent felons and sex offenders so paroled, in communities such as Sacramento near the Governors Mansion, in San Francisco, Beverley Hills, Bel Aire, Westwood and Malibu?

In your face insurrection. This is federal regardless of presidential contests, where it has implications only in the primary vote. However, it does have implications in the election of House representatives and the Senate.

This is a direct and significant attack against our national sovereignty. If we let this lie, it will get worse.

Willful disregard for the integrity and value of [American] civil rights.

amatuerwrangler | January 25, 2018 at 12:42 pm

A touch of a silver (albeit tarnished) lining is that the League of Women Voters, once thought to be a pretty neutral entity, has exposed itself as just another shameless operator in the Left’s efforts to destroy a great country.

And, yes, this can skew the Congressional mix, but Cali has been on the left fringe for decades. The possibility of us sending a sane person to the Senate is about the same as my trusty steed sprouting wings and flying over the pasture fence this afternoon… and we seem, as mentioned above, able to vote a disproportionate number of idiots to the House without help from the illegals. At least this insanity is truncated in presidential years by the Electoral College.

ICE should use CA’s own database of drivers licenses to get a list of all those who are illegal aliens.

Should be easy since CA’s system is able to determine which is which.

Then, visit each and every house, arrest the illegal alien and check citizen status for everyone else present.

Deport, deport, deport.

    Milhouse in reply to Aarradin. | January 26, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    ICE should use CA’s own database of drivers licenses to get a list of all those who are illegal aliens.

    How are they going to get access to it?

Registering someone against their will or without their permission doesn’t violate any laws or constitutional rights?

Can Texas automatically register everyone for a concealed carry permit?

What if, for whatever reason, I do not want someone to register me to vote?

And who is really voting here? The state of California. Being too lethargic or cynical to even register to vote is on its own a choice to not decide. And as per those wacky Canadians, if you choose not to decide you still have made a choice

How is being forced to register by the state that much different then mandatory voting laws?

Again, undocumented Californians, those applying for a driver license under Assembly Bill 60 (AB 60) cannot register to vote.

Fine. But what about fully documented and legal Californians, who are applying under the normal procedure, not under AB 60, but who are aliens or otherwise ineligible to vote? The statement doesn’t say they’re blocked from registering; if they really are then this is a curious omission.