Nevada’s secretary of state has launched a voter fraud investigation, claiming the Department of Motor Vehicles may have inadvertently added a number of people to the voter rolls who were not citizens in the last presidential election. Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske made the announcement in a letter Friday evening to the state DMV director, Terri Albertson. Albertson hit back Saturday, in a response letter back to Cegavske that read in part: “Your letter comes as a complete surprise as you and your office have reviewed, contributed to, and approved the processes you are expressing concerns about.”
Cegavske, the state’s top election official, admonished the DMV in her initial letter, claiming DMV workers offered and accepted voter registration materials from customers seeking driver’s licenses and identification cards, even if the customers presented a Green Card indicating they were not citizens.
Nevada law allows people to register to vote when they’re applying for driver’s licenses and identification cards through the DMV. The DMV then forwards the voter registration information to the county elections department for processing.
Cegavske said DMV workers being told to accept voter registration information from all customers is a misinterpretation of the law. She ordered the DMV to stop the practice.