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The Latest: California DMV botched up to 23,000 voter forms

September 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on developments at the California Department of Motor Vehicles (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

The Department of Motor Vehicles says agency technicians may have botched about 23,000 Californians’ voter registrations under the state’s new “motor voter” law.

The department announced Wednesday it sent the secretary of state’s office incorrect information for some voters. The department says the errors mostly affected their vote-by-mail, language and political party selections.

The agency says it will send letters to affected customers so they can correct their information.

California’s new motor voter law that lets residents automatically register to vote through the DMV took effect in April. The department says about 1.4 million people registered or updated their voter registration under the law from April 23 through August 5.

The DMV says the error did not allow any people living in the country without authorization to register to vote.

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4 p.m.

The California Department of Motor Vehicles says wait times improved by an average of 30 minutes statewide between July and August.

The agency reported to lawmakers Wednesday that customers without an appointment spent an average of 100 minutes waiting in line during the week ending Aug. 25.

The agency is contending with a public outcry over hours-long waits that DMV Director Jean Shiomoto has called unacceptable.

Wait times vary significantly across the state from a low of three minutes for customers with an appointment in Napa or Fall River Mills to a high of 158 minutes for walk-ins in West Covina.

DMV officials say they’ve hired extra staff and brought back retired workers. They’ve blamed the longer waits on new technology and new federal security standards for state licenses.

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