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GOP Says 5,000 Non-Citizens Voted in Colorado in 2010

By The Hill, The Hill - April 1, 2011

Republicans on the House Administration Committee want to shore up voter registration rules in the wake of a Colorado study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year's election.

Rep. Gregg Harper (R-Miss.), the panel's chairman, called the study "a disturbing wake-up call" that should cause every state to review its safeguards to prevent illegal voting.

"We simply cannot have an electoral system that allows thousands of non-citizens to violate the law and vote in our elections. We must do more to protect the integrity of our electoral processes," Harper added.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department's study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado.

Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican John Buck.

Colorado conducted the study by comparing the state's voter registration database with driver's license records.

"We know we have a problem here. We don't know the size of it," Gessler said in testimony to Administration's Elections subcommittee.

He told Harper that Colorado would look to create a registration system that would allow his department to ask that some people provide proof of their citizenship in writing.

If individuals did not respond to the request, their registration as voters would be suspended.

Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) raised doubts about the reporting, noting that the study itself said it was based on inconclusive data and that it was "impossible to provide precise numbers" on how many people who were registered to vote in the state were not citizens.

Gonzalez asked Gessler, a former prosecutor, if he would have pursued a court case on such evidence.

Gessler responded that the goal of the study was to expose voter registration issues and pursue administrative avenues to resolve them.

"We don't have a screen for citizenship on the front end when people register to vote," he said.

Source: http://thehill.com/homenews/house/153079-gop-says-5000-non-citizens-voting-in-colorado-a-wake-up-call-for-states The contents of this site are © 2011 Capitol Hill Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of News Communications, Inc. Comments (441)PAGE |1|2| ... |22|23|>If it's 1 person it needs to be fixed…period! Don't care who they are voting for!!BY mark the anti allen on 03/31/2011 at 13:57Another thing for Obama administration to go whining and running to the U.N. Human Rights Council about. Speaking of which, who represents Libya on the Human Rights Council? If seat is vacant because of the Kinetic Actions in Libya, does Iran or Saudi Arabia get to vote twice?Seriously, situation in Colorado is very disturbing. Voting is the most precious right in this country and no one should get away with subverting our laws and process. BY Mon on 03/31/2011 at 13:57This problem is widespread!!! Almost every election last November that was decided after election day because of the closeness of the votes went to the Democrats. It is almost like if you give them enough time, they will manufactor the votes needed to win. That was how Al Franken won in Minn and how George Bush almost lost the Florida vote in 2000. Its amazing how every close election ends up with Democrat votes being "found".BY dango1103 on 03/31/2011 at 13:58This really needs cleaned up, it is undermining our country. Can you imagine if these figures are correct for Colorado, what high numbers would be for states like California! Many average California citizens have claimed this is the case for a long time, but nothing is ever done about it. A drivers license is not proper proof of citizenship because states allow illegals to obtain them. Illegals often vote to not bring attention to themselves.BY JD Plus on 03/31/2011 at 14:00How do you think Reid got re-elected?Wake up!BY DJ on 03/31/2011 at 14:01You're joking right? This exactly what the Democrats want. This was nothing more than a trial run for the voter fraud they want in place by the 2012 elections.BY no longer confused on 03/31/2011 at 14:09Why is anybody surprised? After all this was ACORN and SEIU's goal.BY gfstiel on 03/31/2011 at 14:10I must show proof of age to buy cigs, yet you cannot require proof of citizenship to vote??? Geez, all gunhoe to protect me from the dangers of smoking, though not very big on protecting my country from foreign invaders…BY g moore on 03/31/2011 at 14:18What do they mean non-citizens? is this legal residents how are not supposed to vote, but still voted? I will appreciate some clarity. The picture on the article implied illegal immigrants were voting, if that is the case why are they not being more specifically? CulerosBY Oscar  on 03/31/2011 at 14:33Last year calif senate jenny oropeza won her election,the only problem,she was dead.for 2 wks.the democrats kept her on the ballot so republicans couldn,t win. In mailers the dems implied she was sick but never reported she had died…so democrats have dead people voting for dead candidates…so of course they want millions of illegal aliens to vote for them..BY Dharc on 03/31/2011 at 14:35PAGE |1|2| ... |22|23|>Add Comment

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Of those non-citizen registered voters, nearly 5,000 took part in the 2010 general election in which Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet narrowly defeated Republican John Buck.

Colorado conducted the study by comparing the state's voter registration database with driver's license records.

"We know we have a problem here. We don't know the size of it," Gessler said in testimony to Administration's Elections subcommittee.

He told Harper that Colorado would look to create a registration system that would allow his department to ask that some people provide proof of their citizenship in writing.

If individuals did not respond to the request, their registration as voters would be suspended.

Rep. Charles Gonzalez (D-Texas) raised doubts about the reporting, noting that the study itself said it was based on inconclusive data and that it was "impossible to provide precise numbers" on how many people who were registered to vote in the state were not citizens.

Gonzalez asked Gessler, a former prosecutor, if he would have pursued a court case on such evidence.

Gessler responded that the goal of the study was to expose voter registration issues and pursue administrative avenues to resolve them.

"We don't have a screen for citizenship on the front end when people register to vote," he said.

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