Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler released a study today indicating that some people are registered to vote who possibly shouldn’t be. At a press conference with Gessler, state Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, said he would introduce a bill that would allow the Secretary of State’s office to seek the information it needs to investigate further.
Gessler’s office has already taken state Department of Revenue data (indicating the type of document used to prove residency for a Driver’s License or Colorado Identification Card) and compared that to the voter rolls. Here’s the summary of their report:
“The Department of Revenue shows 211,200 people who used a non-citizen credential to obtain a driver’s license or identification card. Comparing these names to the statewide voter database shows that 11,805 are currently registered to vote in Colorado. Of the 11,805 registrants, 4,214 voted in the 2010 election.
“The Department of State is virtually certain that 106 of these non-citizens are improperly registered to vote and believes that many of the remaining 11,699 are improperly registered to vote. But it cannot accurately determine the number of non-citizens improperly registered to vote, nor can it determine the reasons for any improper registrations. In light of these uncertainties, additional data and the authority to administratively resolve citizenship questions will avoid expensive and perhaps ill-suited criminal investigations.”
Access to databases controlled by entities such as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; state and federal courts; and driver’s license bureaus in others states, were cited as potentially helpful in further research.
When interviewed by WhoSaidYouSaid [see video above] in November, Gessler indicated a top priority was to ensure secure and fair elections. Giving his office the information and tools necessary to accomplish that goal should be a priority of the Colorado legislature.
Already this legislative session, one bill that would have required proof of citizenship to register to vote, and another bill that would have required photo identification in order to vote, have been killed in committee.