Election Watchdog Probes Colorado Supply of Voter Registration to 30,000 Noncitizens

An election watchdog group is in search of extra details about why Colorado despatched 30,000 postcards to noncitizens, inviting them to register to vote. 

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold admitted Monday that her workplace despatched out the notices and known as it an error that she is attempting to handle. 

The Public Curiosity Authorized Basis introduced Wednesday that it has made an inspection request to Griswold’s workplace beneath the Nationwide Voter Registration Act for paperwork specifying how the workplace filters out noncitizens from receiving such notices, how the workplace caught the error, and itemizing noncitizens who have been despatched the postcards.

“Noncitizens can not register to vote,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Curiosity Authorized Basis, mentioned in a ready assertion. “We’ve requested Colorado to doc cases the place the checks they presumably have in place to forestall aliens from registering really labored. If we don’t obtain the paperwork we requested, we’ll train rights beneath federal legislation.”  

The Public Curiosity Authorized Basis beforehand filed a lawsuit towards the Colorado Secretary of State’s Workplace for failing to allow inspection of voter listing upkeep information, together with knowledge that the state receives from the nonprofit Digital Registration Data Heart, often known as ERIC, about deceased registrants nonetheless on the voter rolls.

Like different states concerned within the Washington, D.C.-based ERIC, Colorado is required to ship postcards to eligible however nonregistered voters as a part of its membership. 

A spokesperson for Griswold’s workplace didn’t reply Wednesday to a request for remark from The Each day Sign for this report. 

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Nevertheless, the workplace issued a press release to Colorado Public Radio, which first reported the matter Monday. 

“The division has grow to be conscious that roughly 30,000 EBU [Eligible but Unregistered] postcard mailers have been incorrectly despatched to ineligible Coloradans,” mentioned an unidentified spokesperson for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Workplace. “The workplace is endeavor an inner evaluation of the incident and can take any corrective motion that’s warranted.”

The spokesperson instructed Colorado Public Radio that the workplace is sending out one other discover to ineligible people, “reminding them that solely people who meet the above necessities are eligible to register.” 

“The division may even evaluate the listing of roughly 30,000 people who incorrectly acquired the EBU mailer postcard to the statewide voter listing every day to make sure none of these people register,” the spokesperson mentioned. “County clerks refer unlawful registrations to their native district legal professional for evaluation.”

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