September 28, 2015 Dear Governor Brown, I am writing in regards to AB1461 (California’s New Motor Voter Program), a bill that will allow noncitizens to be registered to vote and then to vote without fear of prosecution. We, at the Election Integrity Project, Inc. (EIP) oppose AB1461 and call upon you to veto this bill.
- California’s DMV records are unable to differentiate between U.S. citizens and noncitizens when automatically entering them into the voter rolls.
- According to EC §§ 2101, 2108 a voter must satisfy the following requirements:
(a) 18 years of age [on or before Election Day]
(b) U.S. citizen
(c) Resident of California
(d) Not in prison or on parole for a felony conviction.
(e) Not currently judged by a court to be mentally incompetent.
California election law requires that voters must be US citizens. This law cannot simply be ignored because the DMV is not equipped to ensure that all voter applications sent to County Registrars do not include noncitizens.
- With over 3 million noncitizens able to receive a driver’s license, it is clear to EIP that this is a blatant attempt to make it possible for noncitizens to vote in American elections without fear of prosecution.
- AB1461 facilitates noncitizens to register and vote with prosecutorial immunity and will break down the integrity of California’s election process to the point that it cannot be repaired.
This bill will effectively change the form of governance in California from a Republic whose elected officials are determined by United States citizens and will guarantee that noncitizens will participate in all California elections going forward. AB1461 sends the message that voter fraud is sanctioned by the Governor and California legislators and will result in even lower voter turn-out as citizens lose all faith in the integrity of California’s election process. Please veto AB1461! Sincerely, Linda Paine President and Co-founder Election Integrity Project