A new law set to go into effect in April will ensure that illegal immigrants will not automatically be registered to vote in California. The California law will automatically register people to vote when they get a driver's license or ID card or update their address with the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Currently, California allows immigrants living in the country illegally to get drivers licenses, this has caused some confusion among media outlets reporting that illegals will be automatically registered to vote when they obtain a license or ID. The new program that will automatically register people to vote has safeguards in place that will prevent illegals from being registered to vote.
When a DMV worker processes a drivers' license application for an illegal immigrant, they will not be able to access the voter registration boxes because they will be grayed out. A DMV spokeswoman named Jessica Gonzalez said, "To be eligible, you have to be a U.S. citizen."
The New Motor Voter Law was written by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown in 2015 but it has taken up til now to get the procedure in place. In California, voter registration has been available at the DMV since 1995. The new law will make it easier since an applicant won't be required to fill out the entire form.
The Public Policy Institute of California released a report in 2016 that predicts the new law will increase the number of voters in certain demographics, including those ages 18-25, Latinos, and those without a college education as well as people with two foreign-born parents.
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