“Trust us, we’re with the government.” If there were ever a time to be leery of that promise, it’s now … and if there were ever a place, it would almost certainly be in big-government California.
The west coast state — which has gone Democrat in every presidential election since the Reagan era — seems to be a test-bed for leftist policies, but the results of that liberalism ought to be a cautionary tale.
Recently, California became the state with the highest poverty rate in the entire country, while deep blue cities like San Francisco are struggling with rampant homelessness and public health crises.
Now there’s yet another big government failure to add to the list.
According to The Sacramento Bee, the state has mishandled a staggering 23,000 voter registrations, leaving the system in turmoil with just two months before the midterm elections.
“The California Department of Motor Vehicles … said the errors occurred within the state’s Motor Voter program — which allows eligible applicants getting a driver license to be automatically registered to vote,” explained the newspaper.
In simple terms, thousands of people who were assured they were properly registered to vote when they visited the DMV weren’t entered correctly in secretary of state records.
“The DMV said the errors stem from technicians toggling between multiple screens and registration information being improperly merged,” the report continued.
That means that a huge number of voters could find out they’re not even on the voter rolls when they head to the polls, if the problem isn’t solved by November.
In some cases, non-voters or people who aren’t even eligible to vote may have been registered when they weren’t supposed to be.
“According to the agency, 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,” reported The Sacramento Bee.
That’s particularly alarming when you consider that California allows and even encourages illegal aliens to obtain their driver’s licenses at the DMV.
“More than 1 million immigrants in the country illegally have obtained special California driver’s licenses since the state first began issuing them a little more than three years ago,” reported The Los Angeles Times earlier this year.
State officials insisted that none of those illegal aliens with driver’s licenses were improperly registered to vote during the widespread error … but then again, these are the same administrators who couldn’t use their computers properly in the first place.
Also distressing is the fact that officials admitted that some voters had their party affiliation switched in the voter rolls. How potentially thousands of people switch from, say, Republican to Democrat on the database simply from “improperly merged” information is a bit of mystery.
“We are committed to getting this right and are working closely with the Secretary of State’s office to correct the errors that occurred,” pledged DMV Director Jean Shiomoto, who was appointed by Democrat Governor Jerry Brown.
But it was Democrats who almost certainly contributed to the problem to begin with.
“With Democrats’ help in August, the department narrowly dodged a request for an audit into upper-level management,” reported the Bee. That audit would have looked into the competence of top officials who run constantly-criticized and problem-plagued DMV in California.
“After two hours of debate, the request fell one vote shy. Assembly members approved the request, but three Democratic state senators did not vote, effectively killing the measure,” the newspaper pointed out.
This is your government on liberalism: Incompetent, unaccountable, and increasingly corrupt. Welcome to California.
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