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How will the Murphy Administration prevent undocumented immigrants from being automatically registered to vote ?

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Trenton NJ, Senator Kristin Corrado (R-40) is seeking answers from the Murphy Administration to understand what steps are being taken to prevent undocumented immigrants from being automatically registered to vote when they visit a Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) agency for a driver’s license.

In a letter earlier this week to MVC Chief Sue Fulton, Corrado asked how the automatic voter registration system operated by the commission would prevent the hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents who will be eligible to apply for New Jersey driver’s licenses starting May 1 from being registered to vote illegally.(see below)



The full text of Corrado’s letter to Secretary Way is below:

Honorable Tahesha Way
Secretary of State
New Jersey Department of State
PO Box 300
Trenton, NJ 08625

Dear Secretary Way,

As I am sure you are aware, the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC) will allow undocumented immigrants who are in the country illegally to apply for and receive New Jersey driver’s licenses starting May 1.

Earlier this week, I wrote to MVC Chief Sue Fulton to try to understand how the commission will manage its conflicting mandates to: (1.) issue driver’s licenses to undocumented residents; and (2.) automatically register to vote any eligible person who applies for a permit, license, or ID card.

The repeated failures of the MVC and the Murphy administration to manage technology assets and computer systems effectively are well documented, leading many to question the commission’s ability to register to vote only “eligible” persons.

To address those concerns, the following question was posed in my correspondence to Chief Fulton: what safeguards have you implemented to prevent undocumented immigrants, who are ineligible to participate in state and national elections, from being registered to vote when they apply for a driver’s license?

Her written response, submitted to my office today, was as follows:

Many, if not most, applicants who present documents clearly indicating they are not citizens will be automatically exempted from the voter registration process and will not see the signature pad opt-out question for voter registration. When the remaining applicants are questioned via signature pad, there is clear guidance provided that attempting to register to vote when you are not eligible, or a U.S. citizen, is against the law. We have made concerted outreach efforts to make this clear to newly eligible drivers, strongly advising that registering to vote illegally carries significant penalties, including arrest and deportation.

Chief Fulton’s answer raises additional concerns that deserve our attention. The MVC clearly expects that some people who are ineligible to vote will not be filtered out of the automatic voter registration (AVR) process at the MVC, depending on the information that is presented with their transaction. Those undocumented residents will then have to opt-out of automatic voter registration, assuming they understand the language or the warnings presented to them about the penalties for registering to vote illegally.

With hundreds of thousands of undocumented residents soon eligible to receive New Jersey driver’s licenses, that raises the possibility of thousands or even tens of thousands of ineligible people being advanced into the voter registration process at the MVC.

As Secretary of State, you are responsible for overseeing New Jersey’s system of elections and securing our democratic process, which includes protecting the integrity of our voter rolls. I am sure you would agree we cannot afford to allow our voter rolls to be corrupted with ineligible registrants, which would further stress the public’s confidence in the integrity of our election process.

Please detail any additional precautions you are taking to ensure that undocumented immigrants do not make it onto the voter rolls if they complete the automatic voter registration process when they get their driver’s licenses at the MVC.

Thank you in advance for your timely response.


Senator Kristin Corrado
40th Legislative District

7 thoughts on “How will the Murphy Administration prevent undocumented immigrants from being automatically registered to vote ?

  1. From start to Finish the whole Illegal immigration system is eroding our nation let alone our Voting integrity. These people have hit the lottery in this Country while sucking the blood out of their hosts.

  2. Murphy doesn’t need to lift a finger. With or without illegals this state would vote blue without the blink of an eye. I mean look at RW voting. almost no illegals or minorities in town and it still is around 65%-35% voting blue. They are sworn to ideology and vote on feelings. This is the new breed and nothing can reverse it. We are very close to a mono party regime in the US. This country is bending so fast into extremism that it may break. And without borders there is no more USA. We’re lucky that the only border we have with 3rd world is Mexico. Can you imagine the deluge if we had borders all around? It is very, very sad.

  3. Let me tell you something to be a proud American stand up straight push your shoulders out it’s not gonna do nothing for you anymore. You’re better off claiming on your senses you’re a minority, and you have no documentation, you’ll be surprise what you’re entitled to you with just shit in your pants. Oh yeah.

  4. Thumbs down or you smoking some crack. You must be a real jerk off liberal. What is wrong with you ,Pull your fat head out of your ass.

  5. … there is clear guidance provided that attempting to register to vote when you are not eligible, or a U.S. citizen, is against the law…

    So, Wacko Way has designed into the mvc system, a way to point out to the serious law breakers that registering to vote will mean that they are breaking the law. Brilliant!

  6. Pedro you are totally right. These liberals are so screwed up. They are screwing up this country. We can’t wait for Trump to run again. Uncle Joe Biden has the shakes

  7. Listen people guess what people, the politicians don’t give two shits if you’re legal or not legal as long as you vote for them. Please stop. Another 3 to 5 years it’s going to be a mess around here in New Jersey. Look at New York City 52% tax on your pay. So if you make $1 million guess what , You’re coming home at 4:80 oh yeah. So can you imagine another five years you’re gonna be smoking weed right out of your ass hole.

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