Santa Clara County Sends Ballots to Non-citizens, Blames DMV

Four San Jose non-citizen permanent residents received Santa Clara County 2022 election ballots even though they are not U.S. citizens, according to a concerned family friend and copies of documents reviewed by San Jose Inside.

The four were sponsored by their brother to live in the United States in 2019. Two of them have moved to Louisiana and two of them no longer live in the house on East Capitol Expressway in San Jose.

Curiously though, they received election ballots in the mail even though it is illegal for non-citizen permanent residents to vote in U.S. elections.

The Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters confirmed that the four individuals submitted registration forms through the California Department of Motor Vehicles and “information was included in transmissions from the DMV to the ROV.”

“Our office sends ballots to all individuals who are listed as active voters in our voter registration database. The ROV receives voter registration information from several sources including the DMV,” said Evelyn Mendez, Public and Legislative Affairs Manager for the Santa Clara County Registrar of Voters. “As to these individuals, their information was included in transmissions from the DMV to the ROV.”

“If any person receives a ballot who did not register to vote, that person should contact us to cancel their voter registration.  We strive to maintain accurate voter rolls and appreciate it when community members alert us to any errors in their registration and aid us in correcting them.”

“It is our understanding that the DMV screens people that obtain drivers licenses or state IDs to verify that they are citizens,” said Mendez

“Under state law, the DMV is responsible for ensuring that non-citizens are not submitted for voter registration under the Motor Voter Act. We get sent voter registrations and we are supposed to rely on the DMV's screenings along with the legal affirmation on the registration form where the individuals are attesting to be United State Citizens.”

That doesn’t always work. In the 2018 elections, six “inadvertently registered” non-citizen residents voted in the primary and two cast ballots in the 2018 general election.

DMV Communications Deputy Director Anita Gore assured the Sacramento Bee in 2019 that conditions that led to the problems were addressed.  “Appropriate safeguards and quality assurance processes have been put into place to prevent such issues in the future,” she said.

“In the specific case of these individuals, we don’t at this time have information as to what may have transpired within the DMV process or what information these individuals may have provided to the DMV to cause them to be processed as voter registration applicants,” said Mendez. “California State Law does not authorize county elections officials to conduct citizenship verification screening beyond checking the signed affidavit of registration.”



  1. This is happening more and more as we combine “sanctuary” policies, legal incentives, large welfare & benefit attractions with terrible southern border policy – in which almost 5 million illegal crossers have either been intercepted by border patrol or evaded border authorities completely in the last 2 years.

    Oct 11th: “30,000 Voter Registration Postcards Sent To Noncitizens In Colorado”
    “Colorado is among at least 18 states, along with the District of Columbia, that issue driver’s licenses to non-U.S. citizens, according to the National Council on State Legislatures.
    Colorado also automatically registers eligible voters when they obtain their driver’s license from the Department of Motor Vehicles.”

    It is time to actually start enforcing our Bi-Partisan Enacted Federal Laws regarding illegal entry, illegal employment and U.S. taxpayer benefits to citizens of foreign nations that violate our borders and laws.

  2. Wow! Two of the most incompetent entities on planet earth pointing fingers. How shocking!

    “If any person receives a ballot who did not register to vote, that person should contact us to cancel their voter registration. We strive to maintain accurate voter rolls and appreciate it when community members alert us to any errors in their registration and aid us in correcting them.”

    So, my question is – if they never registered to vote, then why would they need to cancel their registration – and if there are 4-cases, can there be cases where people are actually voting and we have no idea how many illegal votes are occurring? This seems like it could be a larger issue than these 4-ballots – assuming the DMV was allowing people to register who shouldn’t and just sending ballots without question. Especially since they don’t know how this “transpired.” Maybe ID documents for non-citizens should be done separately from the DMV.

  3. Maybe…just maybe…President Trump has been ‘right-all-along’ the election was ‘stolen’ or rigged.
    Illegal Aliens should never been issued any form of legal documents (Driver’s license, Social Security numbers for example). These criminals should be deported.
    *** Special note: Special ‘Drive’s licenses requiring the county of your birth registration’ is now offered for ease of boarding commercial aircraft has been in place for some time now. How much does this ‘service’ cost the taxpayers?
    David S. Wall

  4. Maybe in 2016 when Trump lost the popular vote but won the electoral vote. In any case, this type of story does not lend to faith in our process. And, don’t we all want to believe whomever won was actually the top vote getter. Though state’s should control how they run elections for their constituents, there should be a federal standard for registrants and a federal ID to be able to vote, pay taxes and receive federal benefits. This should not be a partisan issue.

  5. Ten mistakes out of a population of almost 2 million! The simplest explanation is that someone checked the wrong box on a DMV form, online or paper. Perhaps at some point the Vietnamese-language version of the website got the labels wrong. This makes conspiracy claims even more laughable.

  6. DMV supposedly asks applicants if they are U.S. citizens, in that case they forward those registrations to Secretary of State for distributing to local Registrar of Voter Offices.
    There is no way at the local ROV Office to check if any people forwarded to them from DMV are non-citizens.

  7. If you get a problem with who’s counting the votes, then go volunteer on election night. There all little old ladies and old men from the greatest generation who take seriously that responsibility.

  8. Tip of the iceberg. We have no way of knowing how many thousands(?) of ballots are sent out with the same circumstances.

  9. I don’t believe the issue here is who’s counting the votes as much as it is who is doing the voting.

  10. The problem lies with the DMV. Whether applying for a driver’s license or renewing an existing one, even those who are already registered are required to complete a process that seems like registering all over again. It’s confusing and unnecessary. Eliminate this step and the subject problem is solved.

  11. “I’m shocked, shocked, I tell you find that there are illegals voting.” Nod to Casablanca (the movie)

    Common, man. The Left has dozens of ways to cheat. Ballot harvesting, drop boxes, late vote by mail, etc. The only way for a Rep to be able to win is to win big — and that is never going to happen in CA again.

    We need to think seriously about two Californias. Blue costal counties in a new state called the “People’s Republic of California,” and the rest of the state call just California.

  12. HB, Maybe Californians can make the right decision and
    Elect Lahnee Chen for California Controller at the state level,
    it will be a test to see if Lahnee Chen can be elected to California Controller
    over a Tax Cheat and Liar with a (D) next to her name who says “equity” is her platform.

    Lahnee Chen – a fiscal advisor, Stanford educator and former Political Policy Advisor is endorsed by the LA Times, SacBee, MercuryNews, SanDiego UnionTrib.

    “The Franchise Tax Board, a board that Malia Cohen sits on, suspended her business license and business for “failure to file” a tax return and “failure to pay” taxes in March 2021.”

    Malia Cohen, who is chair of the Board of Equalization, told LA Times that she COULD NOT REMEMBER why the license was suspended.

    Cohen also defaulted on a home loan for $581,500 and was foreclosed on for Failure to Pay. The bank filed a notice of default on the property in January 2010, which stated that
    Cohen was $11,190.02 behind on her payments. The bank sold the property the following year for $320,000, according to public records.

    Cohen said she DID NOT REMEMBER how she came to the decision to walk away from the property.

    “How does Malia Cohen expect to be able to be the chief fiscal officer for one of the largest economies in the world when she can’t even handle her own finances?”

    (LATimes, Oct 5th) Candidate’s Financial History Under Scrutiny in California Controller’s Race

  13. I really wish I was surprised. But with Bozo in the White House, nothing surprises me anymore. They’re probably handing out ID cards when the illegals jump the border.

  14. @ORRO, what would it matter? the illegal border crossers dump all ID at the border to remain clear of criminal backgrounds, prior deportations, true nationality and ages.
    Even one of the recently found out Racist LA City Council-members, Kevin De Leon, has bragged about how much false ID the illegal crossers use to defraud local, state and federal agencies.

    Lots of opportunity for Vote Fraud by undocumented aliens residing illegally in the U.S.

    Former CA State Sen Kevin De Leon who ran for US Senate bragged on how his large family defrauded U.S. taxpayers
    (CBS LA, Feb2017) ”Senate Leader: ‘Half Of My Family’ Eligible For Deportation Under Trump”

    CA Sen Kevin De Leon said:
    “Half of MY Family would be eligible for deportation. …
    They got False Social Security card,
    they got False IDs.,
    they got False Driver’s License,
    they got False Green Card,
    and Anyone who has Family Members who are undocumented knows that
    almost everybody has secured some sort of FALSE Identification.”

    So do we really know who Votes in CA and what their motives are?

  15. baaaahahaha

    this is why your life sucks

    corrupt single party state with propaganda PRs like this, 10 ballots


    you deserve it but your kids dont

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