States with automatic voter registration systems (18 + DC) keep registering inedible voters on a daily basis, or so it seems. They call it an “accident” or a “glitch.” Last year Illinois registered 570 individuals—foreign nationals applying for drivers licenses—to vote. These 570 people even checked “no” on the citizen box. Now Illinois has admitted another problem—it’s registering 16 year old new drivers to vote. We suggest it might want to add an “I’m just a kid box.” Or event better, stop connecting getting an ID with getting to vote.
It is apparently a surprise to Illinois election officials that when you automatically register a person to vote when they get a driver’s license—regardless of citizenship status—they might just (illegally) vote. Nearly 600 non-citizens showed up in the most recent review of Illinois 2018 votes. We love this quote from Secretary of State Henry Haupt: “A technological programming error did not properly remove the (foreign national) individuals. The individuals who are applying for driver’s licenses were inadvertently pooled into the automatic voter registration.” Did we mention that Illinois is one of fifteen (blue) states that allows illegal immigrants to receive drivers licenses? “Programming error?” “Inadvertently?” Hardly. Read State Board of Elections admits non-U.S. citizens may have voted illegally in 2018