Secretary of State alleges voter fraud at DMV

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) -- Did non-citizens vote illegally in the last election? The Secretary of State says yes and she's blaming the mistake on the DMV.

"We were just as surprised to get the letter as anybody," said Alex Smith, spokeswoman for the Nevada DMV.

Friday night at 6:30 is the first time DMV officials saw the letter sent by Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, who alleges the agency has been registering non-citizens to vote. But the DMV says it doesn't register anyone to vote.

"We are merely a pass-through for voter registration applications," said Smith.

If you look at a driver license application, a voter registration application is attached to the back. According to the DMV, all it can refuse the application for is lack of signature. The Secretary of State's office is the agency tasked at preventing non-citizens from registering, says Smith.

"Since they are the election officials of the state, it would fall underneath their offices to prevent that from happening," said Smith.

Two emails and three calls to the secretary of state's office Monday went unanswered, but in her letter Friday Secretary Cegavske alleged the DMV may have misinterpreted the "Motor Voter Law." Exactly how it was misinterpreted remains unclear in the absence of a public statement from the Secretary of State.

"We have not received any notifications or specific evidence of unlawful registrations or any unlawful registrations leading to voter fraud in Washoe County," said Deanna Spikula, Washoe County Assistant Registrar of Voters.

Spikula says her office verifies every voter application it gets.

"That is correct; there are multiple checks that we do perform," said Spikula.