Crit­ics: Easy voter DMV reg­is­tra­tion needs up­dat­ing

The Washington Times Weekly - - Politics - BY STEPHEN DINAN

Hun­dreds of nonci­t­i­zens were reg­is­tered to vote in Philadel­phia over the last decade, and at least 90 of them ac­tu­ally ended up cast­ing bal­lots that should never have been al­lowed, City Com­mis­sioner Al Sch­midt said Wed­nes­day, adding more fuel to com­plaints of bo­gus vot­ing in U.S. elec­tions.

The vot­ers are all self-ad­mit­ted nonci­t­i­zens who went back and can­celed their reg­is­tra­tions later — but not be­fore cast­ing il­le­gal bal­lots a to­tal of 227 times in elec­tions in 2006 and 2007, Mr. Sch­midt said.

He said most of those nonci­t­i­zens signed up to vote at Pen­nDOT, the state mo­tor ve­hi­cles bureau, when they went to get a driver’s li­cense. While le­gal res­i­dents and long-term vis­i­tors are al­lowed to hold li­censes, they are not al­lowed to vote in fed­eral elec­tions — yet thanks to a fed­eral law, the sign-up for both li­censes and voter reg­is­tra­tion is of­ten tied to­gether.

“The cur­rent voter reg­is­tra­tion process at Pen­nDOT is both harm­ful to elec­tion in­tegrity and to mem­bers of the im­mi­grant com­mu­nity seek­ing cit­i­zen­ship,” Mr. Sch­midt said.

The data of­fers a boost to Pres­i­dent Trump, who has claimed vot­ers are tainted by nonci­t­i­zens cast­ing il­le­gal bal­lots.

While Mr. Trump’s claims of mil­lions of such votes have not been sub­stan­ti­ated, Philadel­phia’s data does show that

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Philadel­phia City Com­mis­sioner Al Sch­midt said hun­dreds of nonci­t­i­zens had reg­is­tered to vote over the last decade, and called the cur­rent sys­tem “harm­ful to elec­tion in­tegrity.”

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