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Sen. Harvey: Making sure only citizens are voting

By | November 29th, 2010

Colorado state Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch, told me today that he’ll be introducing a bill in the next legislative session that would require proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.

“In the past when we have tried to deal with proof of citizenship to register to vote the argument has always been that: there is no proof that there are people that are registered to vote who shouldn’t be,’” Harvey said. “Well, there’s been numerous cases that have been brought forward over the last four years, since 2006, when we carried this bill during the special session, that bring forward evidence to show that there [are] problems.”

A recent Associated Press article stated that, “Nearly 12,000 registered voters in Colorado are listed as non-U.S. citizens,” according to the secretary of state’s office. The explanation given is that those potential “voters failed to check a box affirming that they are citizens when they registered,” but had signed a document to that effect.

Another indication of potential problems, said Harvey, are jury summonses generated by voter registration rolls.

“Across the country there have been analysis of jurors that, when they come in for jury hearing . . . jury duty, are illegal immigrants. Well, we get the jury duty roll, roster, from the voter file. Well, how can they be registered to vote if they’re illegal immigrants?”

A 2008 report by the Heritage Foundation stated…

“In 2005, the U.S. Government Accountability Office found that up to 3 percent of the 30,000 individuals called for jury duty from voter registration rolls over a two-year period in just one U.S. district court were not U.S. citizens,” the report stated.

How big a problem is any of this in Colorado? Let’s find out.

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