Gessler: Voting System Still Vulnerable To Fraud

Article publisher: 
Article date: 
14 January 2013
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler defended his search for noncitizens on voter rolls Monday, telling lawmakers that the state’s voting system remains vulnerable to fraud.

The state’s election chief said his office spent about $8,000 to mail letters to 3,903 suspected noncitizens on voter rolls last year in the months leading up to the November election. It’s the first time he’s publicly offered a price tag for how much it cost to print and mail the letters.

Gessler told lawmakers it was a worthwhile endeavor.

“Our system remains vulnerable to noncitizens registering to vote,” he said  ...

Gessler said he will be supporting two bills that address the issue of noncitizens registered to vote. One would offer training for voter registration drives, and another would outline a process for removing suspected noncitizens from voting lists.

With Democrats controlling both chambers of the Colorado Legislature, it’s unlikely either bill will pass.

“We should encourage people to participate in our democracy and that’s where we should spend our time,” Democratic Sen. Matt Jones said.