PILF Investigates: Colorado Secretary of State Admits to Sending 30,000 Noncitizens Postcards Explaining How to Register to Vote

Article publisher: 
Public Interest Legal Foundation
Article date: 
12 October 2022
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Colorado News
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Last week, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold admitted to mailing postcards to roughly 30,000 non-citizens living in the state notifying them about how they could register to vote. The office said it is currently trying to determine what led to the error. Colorado is required to send out postcards to eligible but non-registered voters as part of its membership in the multistate organization, the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC).

The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) sent a National Voter Registration Act inspection request to the Secretary of State’s office for all documents relating to how the Secretary of State’s office reportedly filters out non-citizens from receiving these types of mailings, how they caught their error, and a list of non-citizens who received the postcard.

“Noncitizens cannot register to vote,” said PILF President, J. Christian Adams. “We have asked Colorado to document instances where the checks they presumably have in place to prevent aliens from registering actually worked. If we don’t receive the documents we requested, we will exercise rights under federal law.”  

Earlier this year, the Foundation filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of State for failing to permit inspection of voter list maintenance records, including data the State receives from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) about deceased registrants still on the voter roll.

Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) is the nation’s only public interest law firm dedicated wholly to election integrity. The Foundation exists to assist states and others to aid the cause of election integrity and fight against lawlessness in American elections. Drawing on numerous experts in the field, PILF seeks to protect the right to vote and preserve the Constitutional framework of American elections. PILF has brought lawsuits and won victories in Texas, Mississippi, North Carolina, Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Michigan, and across the United States.