DMV says it mishandled thousands of voter registrations

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Amid intense scrutiny at the DMV over wait times, the DMV admitted it it botched tens of thousands of voter registrations.

The DMV reported 23,000 voter registrations have been mishandled by employees. The errors, they said, were caused by technicians when they had more than one customer open on their computer screens resulting in mistakes on voter preferences including language, political party and vote-by-mail options.

Assemblyman Jim Patterson is pushing for answers.

“These mistakes are tampering with the fundamental right of Californians to register for the party or non-party of their preference and to have their voter registration untouched by the government.”

DMV officials said they’re working to correct the problems, but would not answer questions in front of cameras about it.

Officials did talk about how wait times are down on average 30 minutes statewide.

Jaimie Garza of the Department of Motor Vehicles said the wait is an improvement but could be better.

“We created a command center here at headquarters to see what’s taking place at each of the offices in real time,” he said. “We’re monitoring, assessing how well we’re doing and then adjusting to figure out how to bring those times down.”

Assemblyman Patterson still wants an investigation into the agency.

“This department is absolutely in the midst of huge failure, how many more incidents do we have to learn about before we decide it’s an independent audit that’s going to find out what’s going on here,” Patterson said.

The DMV says it will notify customers of incorrect information and encourage voters to go to the Secretary of State’s website to make sure information is accurate.

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