Earlier this month, the California Department of Motor Vehicles stated that it discovered that it sent the Secretary of State’s Office 23,000 erroneous voter registrations. The DMV claimed that the errors occurred within the state’s Motor Voter program, which allows eligible applicants getting a driver license to be automatically registered to vote. Apparently, the errors stem from technicians toggling between multiple screens and registration information being improperly merged. About 1,600 residents did not complete a voter registration affidavit and had their information sent to the secretary of state, which maintains the state’s list of registered voters. In a statement, DMV Director Jean Shiomoto said the following,
We are committed to getting this right and are working closely with the Secretary of State’s office to correct the errors that occurred.
In some cases, some customers who wished to opt out of the program were added, while some people were registered in the wrong party. The DMV stated that it learned of the issues on Aug. 5 and that none of the applicants were undocumented immigrants. The agency narrowed the problem to 23,000 people after going through 1.4 million customer records, and it immediately stopped sending data to the secretary of state’s office. The 23,000 customers will soon receive a letter from the DMV notifying them of the problem. Hopefully the DMV’s problems are fixed and the agency continues to improve.