DMV responds to illegal voting investigation

LAS VEGAS - The Department of Motor Vehicles responded on Saturday to the Secretary of State's questions about the department's voter registration practices. 

Friday evening, Nevada's Secretary of State, Barbara Cegavske, issued a letter to the DMV stating her office plans to request records from the DMV as part of an investigation into illegal voting. 

In the letter from Cegavske to Terri Albertson, the Director of the DMV, she stated DMV employees are offering voter registration materials to customers they know to be non-citizens based on their presentation of a Green Card for identification purposes. 

The letter continues to read that "DMV employees have been instructed to accept voter registration materials from all customers, including those who present a Green Card for identification purposes."

The DMV responded to the Secretary of State by stating, “your letter comes as a complete surprise as you and your office have reviewed, contributed to, and approved the processes you are expressing concerns about.”

Cegavaske stated in the letter the practice is possibly leading to non-citizens unlawfully registering to vote in Nevada. Her office plans to request records from the DMV.

In its response, The DMV said, when the department "receives an application from a customer, it is then transmitted the appropriate agency, most often a county clerk or registrar’s office, for processing. These locations serve under the Secretary of State’s Office as the officials responsible for determining eligibility and processing voter applications."

Cegavaske also wrote her office has confirmed some non-citizens have illegally cast votes in the 2016 general election. It is unclear how many votes are in question. 

Following the letter, Cegavaske released this statement:

“After we received verifiable evidence of potential illegal votes cast in the 2016 general election, we launched an investigation.  The integrity of the entire election process, from voter registration to the casting of ballots, is always my number one concern.  Although we are in the nascent stages of the investigation, we have confirmed there were illegal noncitizen votes cast in the 2016 general election.  We also have confirmed instances of ineligible voters who did not vote being on the voter rolls.  As I have pledged to all Nevadans, I will be vigilant in ensuring the integrity of the election process.”

In Nevada, non-citizen are currently allowed a Driver Authorization Card but do no have access to valid identification for state or federal purposes. 

Governor Brian Sandoval recently vetoed a proposal to automatically register people to vote when they apply for a renewed ID or license. 

Currently, lawmakers are considering a bill that would require the DMV to notify the Secretary of State about non-citizens who get a Driver Authorization Card and would lead to a check to see if they're registered to vote. 


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