A local couple in La Mesa, California were shocked to receive completed voter registration forms from Covered California with their party registration listed as “Democrat” after they enrolled in Obamacare. Channel 10, the San Diego affiliate of ABC, reported Sunday that the couple has “lived in La Mesa for years and they have always been registered to vote Republican.” They received no response from the state when they tried to complain.
Last week, Breitbart News and other outlets reported that Covered California was sending voter registration forms to four million California voters, after the American Civil Liberties Union and other groups threatened to sue under the 1993 National Voter Registration Act. It is not clear that the law applies to state Obamacare exchanges. Critics have long charged that registrations through Obamacare would harm ballot integrity.
Covered California spokeswoman Anne Gonzales was quoted by Channel 10 in response to the story: “We are mailing voter registration material. However, the application forms come directly from the Secretary of State’s office, with no fields pre-marked. The individual should contact the Secretary of State, which takes these violations of election law extremely seriously, and they will investigate, using the unique serial number.”