San Diego Union-Tribune: Letters: SB 57: Legislation will fix California's motor voter law

Sunday, December 30, 2018

Re “Blame California DMV, not ‘motor voter’ law, for problems” (Dec. 24): I introduced Senate Bill 57 to prevent some of the problems Californians are experiencing at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which includes noncitizens being registered to vote and registration information being inaccurately changed. SB 57 makes voter registration an opt-in process to protect choice.

If you want to change your party preference, update your address or if you don’t want to register to vote, that should be your choice, not something forced upon you by the DMV or some bureaucrat in Sacramento.

But let’s be clear, SB 57 doesn’t “scrap” California’s “motor voter” law. The 1993 federal motor voter law requires states to offer voter registration opportunities at DMV offices, but it doesn’t mandate automatic voter registration. SB 57 doesn’t prohibit the DMV from offering registration opportunities.

The DMV is dealing with many problems. Having people question the integrity of our election system shouldn’t be one of them.

Patricia Bates
State Senator, 36th District

Published by the San Diego Union-Tribune.