DMV Director Terri Albertson said a letter sent to her office late Friday by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske came “as a complete surprise.” In a written response to Cegavske, Albertson said, “you and your office have reviewed, contributed to, and approved the processes you are expressing concerns about.” The Republican secretary of state late Friday announced an investigation into alleged voter fraud, saying her office has uncovered evidence that noncitizens had cast ballots in the November election. Non-U.S. citizens who are in the country legally and live in Nevada can obtain a state driver’s license. Those without legal status can obtain a driver authorization card, which cannot be used as formal identification. Neither are eligible to vote.
In her letter to Albertson, Cegavske said some DMV employees were providing voter registration materials to noncitizens and said the practice “must cease immediately.”
“Please take appropriate corrective action, as we have reason to believe that noncitizens have unlawfully registered to vote in Nevada as a direct result of DMV’s practices,” Cegavske wrote. “Moreover, we have now confirmed that some noncitizens illegally cast votes in the 2016 general election.”
Cegavske on Friday would not comment on how many people may have voted illegally or are illegally registered, saying the investigation was just beginning.