As California Assembly Bill 1461 (the New Motor Voter Act) approaches a vote, two strong points of irony emerge. Designating April 1st as the effective date of this hotly contested law raises the question exactly whom is being made the fool here. Moreover, why does a state that is home to Silicon Valley, the hub of the best database management on the planet, consistently seem to mishandle the simple act of voting?
While California Secretary of State Alex Padilla (D) is quick to take exception to any suggestion of voter fraud in his state, the fact remains that a prestigious Pew poll found California ranking 49th out of possible 50 states in election administration. Only Mississippi was worse (North Dakota ranked number one). In review areas like the rate of return of absentee ballots, access to online registration and post election audit of the vote, California performs abysmally.
California is also home to the nation’s highest illegal immigrant population; a group Governor Jerry Brown is voraciously determined to protect, if not value, to the detriment of the legal citizens whom he is sworn to represent. California has the further distinction of being one of only six states to rank in the bottom 25 percent of the Pew study in all three of the years studied.
When you add to the statistical data the physical evidence uncovered in the 2016 elections: finding thousands of absentee ballots on a residential front lawn, illegal aliens heavily involved in registering voters in Latino communities in California as well as Arizona, and the ever popularly vague ‘…some instances of dead persons voting…’, there is little wonder Americans are concerned. Several years ago, California Assembly Bill 60 gave illegal aliens the right to apply for driver’s licenses in the state, and was perceived as a forerunner to this bill.
Former California State Assemblyman Tim Donnelly, former vice chair of the Elections and Redistricting Committee says “…different agencies in California don’t effectively communicate with each other. Cracks exist in the system.” Donnelly went on to acknowledge the state “generally does an inadequate job scrutinizing voter registration.”
“The DMV is probably sincere in trying to do its job…When we were debating AB 60 when I was in the legislature, AB 60 [Illegal alien drivers license] could not be used for federal purposes…they are being used now to board aircrafts…”. Nearly one million driver’s licenses have been issued to illegals under this bill so far. Critics of the California motor voter act claim it is just another step towards granting an illegal immigrant the same voting rights that every American citizen enjoys.
“You’re setting this state up for a disaster,” Catherine Engelbrecht, spokesperson for True the Vote says. “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.”
DMV Assistant Deputy Director Jessica Gonzalez flatly denies the possibility. “The driver’s license application program prevents undocumented Californians (does she mean illegal immigrants?) from being able to register to vote,” Gonzalez explains. “Automatic programming will not let them go to the voter registration section. It will be grayed out and can not be bypassed.”
Somehow the reassurances of a representative of a government agency who refers to illegal aliens as ‘undocumented Californians’ leaves many taxpaying citizens of the state mildly terrified about what may be coming next.
Linda Paine of the non-partisan Election Integrity Project of California says her organization has actually visited DMV offices to observe how workers handle undocumented immigrants. She also says she was left with little confidence about any safeguards to prevent the registration of illegal voters. “There are thousands and thousands of DMV workers across our huge state,” Ms Paine said in a statement to Fox News. “They are not all trained…It’s not even that people who are ineligible want to be registered. They may not know that they have to select ‘opt out.’”
Perhaps the best argument against the likelihood of an illegal registering to vote comes from Kathay Feng of California Common Cause. Feng argues that most immigrants would not want to risk their chances of legalizing their status or becoming naturalized.
They have too much to lose.
~ Conservative Zone