April 17, 2017

Last week, Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske issued a letter to the DMV Director to cease and desist registering non-citizens to vote. Cegavske went on to accuse the DMV of facilitating voter fraud. Cegavske, in the letter, accused DMV workers of knowingly and illegally registering green card holders to vote. Green card holders are non-citizens in the country legally with a visa. Only U.S. citizens are allowed to vote in U.S. elections.

Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske released the following statement Friday:

“After we received verifiable evidence of potential illegal votes cast in the 2016 general election, we launched an investigation.  The integrity of the entire election process, from voter registration to the casting of ballots, is always my number one concern.  Although we are in the nascent stages of the investigation, we have confirmed there were illegal non-citizen votes cast in the 2016 general election.  We also have confirmed instances of ineligible voters who did not vote being on the voter rolls.  As I have pledged to all Nevadans, I will be vigilant in ensuring the integrity of the election process.”

But 360Daily.net has learned that Sec. Cegavske, just last month in March, signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding in response to a lawsuit filed by the Las Vegas ACLU and Mi Familia Vota Education Fund to enforce the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (NVRA).

Under the MOU signed by Cegavske in March 2017, the DMV will accept all voter registrations, even from non-citizens and pass those on to the elections department and Secretary of State’s office.  It is up to the Secretary of State’s office and not the DMV to determine and accept any such voter registration applications. If the DMV clerk believes the application is from a non-citizen they can flag the application for the SOS office to review. But the DMV will not deny any applicant for any reason under the MOU. Under the MOU signed last month by Sec. Cegavske, its solely in her hands to review and reject any such voter registration applications from non-citizens.

Statement issued by Sec. Cegavske about the MPU dated March 13, 2017:

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the cooperative efforts that led to this Memorandum of Understanding,” said Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske.  “In developing a system that will automatically transmit voter registration information from the Department of Motor Vehicles to county election officials, the parties have significantly improved Nevada’s voter registration process by adding additional efficiencies and safeguards.” 

From DMV Press Release:

The Department is one of several pass-through organizations in the state that accepts voter registration applications in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993. The NVRA, commonly referred to as the federal Motor Voter Law, requires each state’s motor vehicle driver’s license application and/or renewal to also serve as a simultaneous voter registration application. When the DMV receives an application from a customer, it is then transmitted to the appropriate agency, most often a county clerk or registrar’s office, for processing. These locations serve under the Secretary of State’s Office as the officials responsible for determining eligibility and processing voter applications.

In March, Demos announced the finalization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed in cooperation with the DMV as well as the Secretary of State’s Office to ensure practices align in accordance with Federal guidelines. In that MOU, it states, “The DMV shall provide the appropriate Clerk/Registrar all Voter Registration Applications returned by customers without regard to their completeness.” Per the NVRA, the only reason the DMV or any pass through agency can refuse an application is due to a lack of signature.

Rob Lauer

Political Reporter


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