Homeland Security says Gessler may check voter citizenship

Article author: 
Sara Burnett
Article publisher: 
The Denver Post
Article date: 
16 July 2012
Article category: 
Colorado News
Article Body: 

The Department of Homeland Security agreed Monday to let Colorado and other states access a DHS database to verify the citizenship of some registered voters — news that was hailed as a win for Secretary of State Scott Gessler and other Republican election officials but had their critics on high alert.

The announcement came less than a week after Colorado Attorney General John Suthers threatened legal action if DHS did not agree to help Colorado's efforts to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls, and two days after DHS agreed to provide similar access to Florida election officials.