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


Gessler's ease-of-registration line now has numbers to back it up. At least that was the message of his press conference yesterday, in which he told reporters that his office has played a big role in helping break records, with 3,611,061 individuals now registered to vote in Colorado -- a number which he says will only grow as they finish processing a backlog of registrations.

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Scott Gessler, next to graph showing huge spike in online visits in the final days of registration.
"Today, we have a solid 10 percent...more registered voters," Gessler told reporters. "Colorado did not grow 10 percent in the last four years.... I think what contributed to this increase was the fact that the Secretary of State's office spent a million dollars in targeted, effective ads in the mail to encourage people to register to vote. And the Secretary of State's office made it incredibly easy for people to register to vote.... And I think this is a spectacular success story.... At the end of the day, the proof is in the pudding."

Gessler says there were 3,203,583 registered voters in 2008 and 3,296,953 in 2010. Now, with 3.6 million eligible to vote in the upcoming presidential election, which is likely to be decided by a very small margin of voters, these new registrants could play an important role in determining the next president.

Since August 31, there have been 1,167,190 visits to the voter registration website and 229,283 submissions online -- which could translate to a new registration or an update to an existing one. Gessler directly attributes these numbers to the launch of his ad campaign at the beginning of September.

He also says that the state is a model nationally for online registration systems.

"Colorado is a leader in online voter registration," he said. "I believe this is one of, if not the most sophisticated in the country."

He did face backlash, however, for problems with the site on the final day to register -- and explained that the website was overloaded at times.

"We got hit by a lot of traffic," Gessler said, explaining that there were about two-and-a-half hours when the website was performing far below expectations. "Those problems were solved quickly. We succeeded in solving them and making sure people could register to vote... or change their information."

There were 162,713 visits to the site on Tuesday -- and seventeen very serious procrastinators who either registered to vote or changed their information at 11:59 p.m., the final minute before the deadline passed.

Gessler touts Colorado's approach. "The unique aspect is, we've combined an online voter registration system with the tools to encourage people to use it -- a very aggressive ad campaign."

Continue for graphs on voter registrations and website visits from Gessler's office.


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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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