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NY Democrats Passed A Bill That Automatically Registers People Applying At The DMV To Vote (Updated)

New York Senate Democrats passed a bill that, if signed into law, would automatically register people to vote when they interact with the DMV. This comes just months after governor Andrew Cuomo signed the ‘Green Light Bill’ into law which allows illegal aliens in New York the right to a driver’s license.

The summary of the bill states its intent to “establish an electronic personal voter registration process integrated within designated agency applications.”

Documents processed at the DMV and Department of Health would apply.

This legislation “would create a system of automatic voter registration when a person submits an application to the Department of Health or the Department of Motor Vehicles,” CNN reports.

Individuals applying for a driver’s license would have to physically “opt-out of voter registration at the point of service” per the bill’s summary.

The bill calls for a check box which applicants would need to select in order to ensure they are not registered. Obviously this is not fail-safe as the individual would have to pro-actively check a box to opt out and the bill even spells out the penalties if a non-citizen were to register or pre-register using the system.

The bill will now move on to the Democrat-controlled Assembly, and if passed, could be signed into law by Cuomo. It would take effect two years after becoming law.

RELATED: New York Governor Andrew Cuomo Signs Bill Granting Driver’s Licenses to Illegal Immigrants

Republicans Concerned About Fraud

Republican state Senator Jim Tedisco, who voted against the legislation, previously explained that granting licenses to illegals is a slap in the face to people who come to this country legally.

“Giving driver’s licenses to those here illegally sends the wrong message to honest, law-abiding citizens and those who are trying to do the right thing and have been in line for quite some time to become American citizens,” he said at the time of the ‘Green Light Bill’ being signed into law.

Will this new legislation allow for voter fraud issues? If so, it would be absolutely reprehensible.

State Senator Pat Gallivan expressed concerns on the matter.

“Some people have more concerns than others – I don’t believe that there’s this great conspiracy, but I think the system is susceptible to those that are undocumented, and here, undocumented and not eligible to vote in New York State, that would automatically be registered,” Gallivan said.

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, a longtime opponent of the ‘Green Light Law’ points out a conflict between the two bills that could create a problem.

“What it did is it put it in conflict with the Green Light Law because according to the Green Light Law, we are not allowed to ask someone what their status is, and in this bill, it says we will have to ask for status.”

RELATED: Standing Their Ground: Upstate NY Clerks Refusing to Give Illegal Immigrants Driver’s Licenses

Voter Fraud

The Political Insider in June warned of the potential of voter fraud if illegal aliens are given a driver’s license, citing reports of a loophole in the law that would allow it.

Rensselaer County Executive Steve McLaughlin said at the time, “All this is by design, and I’m guaranteeing within a year, they’re going to start to say let’s just let them vote, they’re here anyway.”

Democrats have pointed out that section 5 of the bill would prevent non-citizens from being automatically registered.

That section below reads: “Notwithstanding any other law to the contrary, no agency designated under this section shall transmit to the state board of elections any application for registration for a person that is … ineligible to register or pre-register to vote by reason of age or not being a citizen of the United States.”

“5 NOTWITHSTANDING ANY OTHER LAW TO THE CONTRARY, NO AGENCY DESIGNATED UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL TRANSMIT TO THE STATE BOARD OF ELECTIONS ANY APPLICATION FOR REGISTRATION FOR A PERSON THAT IS, BY VIRTUE OF DATA COLLECTED BY THE AGENCY DURING THE SAME APPLICATION FOR SERVICES OR CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR NAME TRANSACTION, DEMONSTRABLY INELIGIBLE TO REGISTER OR PRE-REGISTER TO VOTE BY REASON OF AGE OR NOT BEING A CITIZEN OF THE UNITED STATES.”

If DMV is not allowed to ask an applicant’s status, there’d be no way to transmit information on an illegal immigrant to the Board of Elections.

While tweaks to the bill have been made to prevent non-citizens from being registered to vote, flaws in this and the ‘Green Light Law’ could create some major issues.

EDITOR’S NOTE:
The previous headline “NY Democrats Just Passed a Bill That Would Automatically Register Illegal Immigrants to Vote “ has been changed to “NY Democrats Passed a Bill That Automatically Registers People Applying At The DMV to Vote.”
Correction Notice:
This article has been updated to reflect a provision in the law to screen out ineligible voters from automatic registration.
And now includes:
A quote from State Senator Pat Gallivan.
A quote from Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns.
Language from section 5 of Senate Bill S6457B which is intended to preclude anyone ineligible – including those who are not citizens of the U.S. – from registering to vote.
The author’s updated commentary taking into account section 5 of the bill.
And the following sentences were removed:
This bill actually expands that loophole and makes it perfectly conceivable that illegals will be added to New York voter rolls.
Illegality moves swiftly in the Empire State and it took no more than seven months for McLaughlin’s fears to be realized.