California will take the next step in blurring the lines between citizens and non-citizens beginning April Fool's Day when the state complies with a court order to begin automatically registering to vote all those who are granted driver's licenses.
The state has long provided driver's licenses to all who simply claimed, without proof, that they were citizens of in the country legally. There were no checks made or documentation required.
But beginning April 1 every person who gets a California driver's license will be automatically entitled to vote.
"We are very pleased that Californians will have easier access to voter registration," said Jeremiah Levine, an attorney with Morrison Foerster who represented the voting-rights groups. "We are especially satisfied that changes will be made before California's statewide and federal primary elections."