New Colo. Secretary Of State Pushes For Proof Of Voting Eligibility

I picked on Scott Gessler a bit for his moonlighting mistake a while back, so I owe him a pat on the back for this one.  The Denver Post reports:

[Sec. of State Scott] Gessler and Rep. Chris Holbert, R-Parker, are pushing legislation that would allow the secretary of state to check the statewide voter database to determine whether registered voters are in fact citizens.

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“My office has every reason to believe that thousands of noncitizens are registered to vote in Colorado,” Gessler said. “House Bill 1252 will allow us to inquire for more information using public databases.”

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If evidence indicates that a registered voter is not a citizen, the bill allows the secretary of state to notify the voter by mail. If the voter cannot provide evidence with 90 days that he or she is a U.S. citizen — through a valid U.S. passport, birth certificate or Social Security card — their voter registration record will be labeled “incomplete.”

It is absurd that this has never been done before.  Every illegal voter disenfranchises a legal voter.  Allowing illegal votes is therefore anti-democratic and should never be tolerated.  If we have the means to determine which voters are doing so illegally, we should use them.  Isn’t that one of the Secretary of State’s most important jobs?

This is like requiring someone to show ID before selling them beer.  Strike that — It is far more important, yet no more intrusive.  Good job, Gessler.

Published in: on March 9, 2011 at 2:27 pm  Leave a Comment  

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