California DMV wrongly registers more than 1500 people to vote

The state Department of Motor Vehicles started a new motor voter program in April. Californians applying for a drivers license or state ID automatically get registered to vote. The LA Times reports that the DMV wrongly registered more than 1500 people, including at least one non-citizen, to vote. California Secretary of State Alex Padilla isn’t ruling out the possibility of suspending the motor voter program. He’s calling for an independent investigation. The error could add fuel to President Trump’s unproven claims of voter fraud, particularly in California.

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Rick Hasen - professor of Law at UC Irvine, author of “Election Meltdown: Dirty Tricks, Distrust, and the Threat to American Democracy” - @rickhasen

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Madeleine Brand

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Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Amy Ta, Christian Bordal, Quinn O'Toole, Yael Even Or, Alexandra Sif Tryggvadottir, Adriana Cargill