California Secretary of State Calls on Governor to Fire Head of State DMV After Additional Voter Registration Errors


Officials at the California Department of Motor Vehicles said Friday that the agency failed to send information for 329 new voters to state elections officers in time for the November election, the latest revelation in a string of mishaps regarding voter registration.

Secretary of State Alex Padilla responded with a blistering letter, calling on Gov. Jerry Brown or Gov.-elect Gavin Newsom to replace Jean Shiomoto, the DMV director.

“The Director of DMV has lost my confidence and trust,” Padilla wrote….

The errors were not related to previous DMV mistakes about registering voters, problems associated with the rollout of the state’s new “motor voter” law. In those cases, multiple registration forms were sent to local elections offices, some voters were assigned the wrong political party preference and others who are non-citizens were incorrectly placed on the list of registered voters. DMV officials have yet to respond to questions posed by The Times over the past several weeks about who knew of those mistakes and when.


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