Reader: Scott Gessler's office removed me from voter rolls, never explained why

Scott Gessler.
Sam Levin has written a number of recent posts about controversial Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler.

His latest, about a lawsuit against Gessler by Denver Clerk Debra Johnson, prompted one reader to share his own problems getting and staying registered to vote.

stevebeast writes:

They were never able to give me a reason for removing me from the rolls in the last election. They just take your name off for no reason at all. I called voter registration every day and it was removed 3 days after the deadline to register. But as of today I am still registered.

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patricia.calhoun moderator editortopcommenter

For the record: The Secretary of State's office has asked that the headline on this post be corrected, saying that stevebeast could not have been talking about that office, since any such change would be made by a county clerk. Before making any change, we have asked stevebeast to clarify who the "they" in his original comment refers to.


stevebeast, feel free to provide that clarification here -- or e-mail me at And BTW, the secretary of state's office has offered to check on your registration, if you want to provide your name.

RobertChase topcommenter

The CBI needs to get over to the Secretary of State's Office with warrants in hand, preferably including an arrest warrant for Gessler!


The Department of State doesn't have the power to remove someone from the voting rolls.  Only the counties have that power.  So, if you were accidentially removed (or purposely removed) it was as a consequence of the county in which you live.

RobertChase topcommenter

 @CrazyChester See:  Colorado Revised Statutes 1-2-301. "Centralized statewide registration system - secretary of state to maintain computerized statewide voter registration list - county computer records - agreement to match information

(1) No later than January 1, 2006, the secretary of state shall implement, in a uniform and nondiscriminatory manner, a single, uniform, official, centralized, interactive, computerized statewide voter registration system defined, maintained, and administered at the state level, which system shall contain a computerized statewide voter registration list maintained by the secretary of state that contains the name and registration information of every legally registered voter in the state and that assigns a unique identifier to each legally registered voter. The single, uniform, official, centralized, interactive, computerized statewide voter registration system required by this subsection (1) shall be referred to in this part 3 as the "centralized statewide registration system". ..."

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