By Fred Lucas
The 2014 Connecticut governor’s race was decided by about 30,000 votes statewide. Four years earlier, the contest was decided by just about 6,000 votes.
So it’s a concern for state Rep. Arthur O’Neill, a Republican, that the Connecticut Department of Motor Vehicles–which recently misidentified more than 50,000 people for having unpaid taxes on their vehicles–will be in charge of voter registration.
“If you misidentify 30,000 voters, that’s more than enough to swing an election,” O’Neill, deputy minority leader of the Connecticut House, told The Daily Signal in a phone interview.
“As time goes by, and [the state] see[s] the difficulties and dangers of this, I hope they will at least postpone it,” O’Neill said. “The DMV is still coping with regular duties of registering cars and issuing driver’s licenses, which has been a catastrophe.”
The DMV has faced severe computer problems that have led to the tax mistakes, but also identifying vehicles and vehicle owners as living in the wrong town.
Connecticut is changing its voting registration system largely in response to the Obama administration’s threat to sue over what it calls the state’s “widespread noncompliance” with the federal Motor Voter Act.