The integrity of American elections is sure to be a main point of focus next month, as well as when we reconvene again for such an occasion in 2020.
There has always been voter fraud, of course. Stories of dead voters rising from the grave in order to register and cast ballots have been around for decades, and newer, more sophisticated chicanery has been on the rise as well.
Now, a bizarre error in ultra liberal California is raising eyebrows among poll-watchers.
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More than a thousand noncitizens may have been registered to vote in California after a processing error, according to officials.
The Department of Motor Vehicles admitted Monday a mistake caused as many as 1,500 noncitizens being registered to vote in the state.
The agency was alerted to the mistake when Randall Marquis, a Canadian citizen and legal permanent resident in the U.S., went to the Los Angeles Times to tell them about receiving a piece of mail from the DMV saying he was registered to vote.
“I got this post card thing, this little piece of cardboard, and it said, ‘Congratulations, you’re registered to vote,'” Marquis told Sacramento ABC affiliate KXTV. “I thought, ‘Oh, that’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,’ and I threw it out.”
The Newport Beach, California, resident rethought moving on, and decided to alert someone because of a series of voter registration errors in the state.
The error is the second pertaining to voter registration errors in as many months for the DMV. The DMV notified Secretary of State Alex Padilla in early September that some 23,000 Californians had their registrations handled incorrectly, including some being assigned the wrong political party.
The DMV is now claiming that they have corrected the issue, and that no undocumented immigrants were effected in the mixup.