Persons of Color Misused in Election Deception

In March 2017, Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske signed off on a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) 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) in Nevada.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to have participated in the cooperative efforts that led to this Memorandum of Understanding,” she said in a statement. “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.”

Under the MOU, the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) had to accept all voter registrations, even from non-citizens and forward them to the county clerk or the registrar of voters, who would then send the applications to the Secretary of State’s (SoS) office. It would then be up to the SoS’s Office to determine if the application was legal.

The DMV made their role in the process clear in the following portion of this press release:

“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.”

Shortly after Cegavske announced the memo’s completion, Démos, a progressive think-tank headquartered in New York City, trumpeted the finalization in a statement that read, “The DMV shall provide the appropriate Clerk/Registrar all Voter Registration Applications returned by customers without regard to their completeness.”

However, according to the NVRA, the only reason the DMV or any pass-through-agency can refuse an application is the lack of a signature, which would render it as incomplete.

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