California has a new “Motor Voter Act” set to take effect on April 1, April Fool’s Day, which is fitting, because many who have read the law wonder aloud if it is some sort of twisted joke on democracy.
The Motor Voter Act was designed to make registering to vote easier, by incorporating it into a Californian’s driver’s license application. Unfortunately, that also means that ANYONE with a license would also be registered to vote, which is a problem. Critics say that since non-citizens who are here on visas can legally get a license, they would be able to vote. Even worse, the ease of getting a license means illegal aliens who obtain one could also be able to vote.
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.
California has long provided driver’s licenses to anyone who claims to be in the country legally, whether they provide proof or not, which means illegal aliens will be registered to vote, WND reports.
‘We are very pleased that Californians will have easier access to voter registration,’ Jeremiah Levine, an attorney with Morrison Forester who represented the voting-rights groups said. ‘We are especially satisfied that changes will be made before California’s statewide and federal primary elections.’
The law also applies to people renewing or changing their addresses on an existing driver’s license or ID, according to the Public Policy Institute of California.
The only way a person won’t have their information at the DMV automatically sent to the Secretary of State’s Office for registration is if they opt out.
In May 2017, the League of Women Voters and three other groups sued California’s Department of Motor Vehicles and the Secretary of State’s Office claiming the state burdens would-be voters by making them fill out the same information twice on two separate forms to register to vote, WND reports.
The suit said California ranks ‘a dismal 46th in the nation’ in its rate of registered voters. As of February 2017, more than 5.5 eligible voters had not registered, according to the outlet.
The California New Motor Voter Act is expected to add more than two million new registrants in the first year.
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