Out of fourteen illegal voters banned after Scott Gessler's campaign, how many voted? Zero


We asked Gessler -- before he chowed down on some Filipino food at a food truck stop on Tuesday -- for his assessment on the success of this effort to weed out illegal voters.

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Sam Levin
Scott Gessler with Kathy Gietl, a food truck owner featured in one of his registration advertisements.
"Overall, it went okay," he said. "Obviously, I would've preferred we had better cooperation from the federal government early on. So that was sort of a bit of a handicap.... It's been really good in the sense that it's revealed some real vulnerabilities in the system -- people who are erroneously registered."

He continued, "I've tried very hard to take an administrative approach to it and just make sure our voter rolls are accurate. I think the fact that we've had some good success here...that it's raised the issue, I think we're going to have better voter rolls in the future."

Repeating the line he uses consistently when questioned about this effort, he said, "You want to make it easy to vote, tough to cheat. So we've spent a lot of time on the easy-to-vote side and we're spending time on the tough to cheat. And I say 'cheat' -- whether it's fraud, or a mistake, abuse. But I think the bottom line is, you've gotta look at both sides if you're gonna...say that we feel comfortable with our elections."

Was he hoping to catch more individuals illegally registered and actually remove them?

"I didn't go into it with any preconceived notions along those lines," he said. "I didn't go in saying I want a big number or I want a small number. I went in saying, look, we've got a vulnerability. We don't know what the heck is going on. Let's find out what's going on. We obviously found there's a problem with the limited databases, limited sources we've had, we've identified some issues. And hopefully over time, we'll just get better at figuring this stuff out. And if that results in a big number or a small number, I'm not worried about that. I want to make sure that it's the right number."

Still, his critics say, the priorities of his office are just wrong.

"We never thought it was gonna be a big number, but I hope that Gessler pays attention to this," says Denise Maes, public policy director at the American Civil Liberties Union of Colorado, pointing out that he has a lot of other concerns he should be focusing on. "It's a disproportionate amount of time spent on a very small problem, especially relative to all the other issues going on in his office."

Maes says that she supports efforts to eliminate fraud, but feels Gessler is devoting too many resources to it.

Continue for more on Gessler's voter registration results.


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13 comments
fourier
fourier

Census says 25 percent of state pop is under 18. that leaves 3.84 million residents old enough to vote. If 3.6 million are registered, given that some fraction of the population is mentally incompetent, has moved, doesn't have US citizenship, is barred from voting due to a felony, or just isn't interested, then  3.6 million registered might be all there are.

Ann Hartman
Ann Hartman

And how much did his misguided campaign cost the state of Colorado?

Glenn Wallace
Glenn Wallace

Well at least it isn't like there was a laundry list of serious election issues that he could have been worki..... what's that? Oh...

Elizabeth Bedford
Elizabeth Bedford

How much tax payer money was spent for this dolt to attend the RNC?

Sean Bracken
Sean Bracken

Ha! So much for that voter fraud, eh guys and girls?

HPrynne
HPrynne

@DenverWestword Whew!Glad that threat was rooted out.Thanks scott for suppressing all our votes to promote your agenda. Gessler must go!

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I moved in the last year & as hard as I tried , couldn't update my voter registration online .

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

Gessler and his political operatives need to be fitted with ankle bracelets, their conversations need to be monitored, and their persons kept under continuous surveillance until after the votes are counted.

terrancewisejmr
terrancewisejmr

Get'em Scott. How dare those fourteen scoundrels try and vote.  They are lucky that we have a surplus of tax dollars at hand  that it took to find you, or we would have billed you, you scoundrels.

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

Of the 14, how many actually voted?

RobertChase
RobertChase topcommenter

 @rockiesfever How confused do you have to be to imagine that posting "Poor Obama" is in any way responsive to the story?  You needn't answer.  People who read the comments on the DP's articles have to put up with droves of wingnuts posting asinine, irrelevant URLs -- you can pollute these forums similarly with such crap, but I can call it what it is without the DP's obsessive censors removing my comments.  Consider:  you have no audience here.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @terrancewisejmr I sense a tongue somewhere in the vicinity of a cheek. Thanks for the post, Terrance.

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