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Scott Gessler: Officials probably didn't catch all fraudulent voters before election

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Scott Gessler
After generating months of headlines and backlash from voter rights' groups, Secretary of State Gessler's anti-fraud initiative resulted in 44 individuals being removed from the voter rolls in the state.

But Gessler, in an election day interview, told us he wishes he could've done more and that it's likely fraudulent voters cast ballots in Colorado, despite efforts to prevent it.

Gessler has been working since August to clean up the voter rolls and prevent fraud come election day, specifically focused on identifying and removing immigrants illegally registered to vote. With help from a federal program that maintains immigration records, Gessler found a total of 441 alleged non-citizens who were signed up to vote.

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Sam Levin
Scott Gessler on election day.
As of last Friday, just a few days before election day, Gessler's office had removed a total of 44 voters from that list of 441, after names were shared with county clerks and letters sent directly to those individuals asking that they prove their citizenship or withdraw their voter registration.

He and his staff had hoped that they would have had more time to try and remove fraudulent voters, but because they were only able to access federal data starting late in August, they couldn't launch formal challenges that would produce results prior to election day.

So, from Gessler's perspective, that means there is a pretty good chance some registered voters committed fraud when they cast their ballots in Colorado this week.

His critics argue that the records he is relying on are not always up-to-date and that it's possible a new citizen would be flagged under his checks. If citizens sent in proof of citizenship or if the county clerks did their own checks and determined they are citizens, then the voters remained on the rolls and could cast ballots -- and a majority of those targeted likely fell into this category, given that thousands of names were cross-checked with the federal information.

But Gessler's office doesn't believe this process has been thorough enough or that it would stop all illegal voters. While Gessler has said the data is not perfect, he and his staff believe most of those who categorized as immigrants in the federal government's database are still immigrants today. And that means illegal votes might be counted, since so many who were flagged remained on the rolls.

Of the 441, 82 have voted in past elections. Of the 44 removed, seven have voted.

"I'm under the assumption that there will be some people who vote who shouldn't," Gessler said. "The work we've done shows there's a vulnerability. The work we've done shows that we've not been able to do...a thorough review of Colorado's rolls. And the partial review that we have done shows that there is a problem out there. So I'm assuming some people will likely vote who are ineligible to vote and those will be illegal votes."

Continue to read more of our interview with Scott Gessler.



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30 comments
Steve Bird
Steve Bird

considering that there were less than 100 cases of it in 2008 I dont really think it is a large concern.

Doug Hubka
Doug Hubka

Anyone here want to get into politics ? I think the next Sec of State election would be a shoe in for anyone against Gessler.

Jonny D Foxtrot
Jonny D Foxtrot

This coming from the guy being investigated for ethics violations...comical.

Doug Dunfee
Doug Dunfee

1. This guy is a pretty big joke at this point.

Michelle Drahota
Michelle Drahota

Im not too worried.. happens. I am more worried about the stupid people that vote for stupid reasons!!!

Johnny KingFisher
Johnny KingFisher

Europeans laugh at our Voting machine scam, wonder why they are made in America with secret software? If they just registered votes our chinese brethren would produce them for 1/5 the cost but then they would not be CORRUPTABLE... Paper ballots! Paper trail!

Johnny KingFisher
Johnny KingFisher

gop corporatist shills are the enemy to a true patriotic DEMOCRACY! Any funny stuff out of those responsible for quick, easy, legal VOTING are Traitors! This is the man that decided NOT to automaticaly mail out ballots to folks that did not Vote the 2010 election. Uncool!!!

Deborah Watts
Deborah Watts

I wonder for how long and who got paid and is getting paid to ignore ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION!

James Martin
James Martin

Gessler can eat a dick. Republicans are uptight because THEY like to steal elections. Want proof? Google "Mike Connell".

Walt Hester
Walt Hester

Based on the stories I saw leading up to this (all the fraud committed by conservatives) and the way this turned out, this gets a .5, not even a full 1.

jp00
jp00

Omigosh, I'll bet Obama won Colorado because of all those fraudulent voters! I think we need to do a search for fraudulent secreteries of state and root them out, starting here in Colorado.

Brandon Charles Haug
Brandon Charles Haug

I don't care. Lets watch the stock market crash. Said every Obama voter ever.

Ryan Terpstra
Ryan Terpstra

Always been part of the process & always will be. As long as there is that much power and money at stake, people will find a way to cheat the system. Move along, nothing to see here.

Noah Nethero
Noah Nethero

I worry more about computers that are hackable and that have proprietary software that is not open to the public for inspection. I am sorry but it is NEVER going to be safe to vote on a machine with no paper trail that is OWNED by a for profit corporation who many times are owned by the candidates backers. Its pure insanity.

Cecil
Cecil

Gessler is a conservative ideologue who pursued a bullshit campaign of voter suppression despite there being literally--literally--no actual evidence of widespread voter fraud here or nationally. Let's chase this fucking lumpen clown out of office

davebarnes
davebarnes topcommenter

We need to make sure Scotty is gone in 2014.

jbh0
jbh0

What an idiotic 'official' -- (and also a not-helpful article).  Gessler could have spent a fraction of the time he spent fabricating 'fraud' as part of the ALEC/'True the Vote' voter suppression brigade --  on issues actually relevant to the citizens of Colorado -- like 1. the broken  mobile app his office issued in August that threw away (according to him) 800 voter registrations/changes -- without notification.  20 times the problem of 'fraud' ... zero attention from his.  2.  his constantly broken web site.  There is zero excuse with today's technologies for a web site with as little traffic as the SoS' to EVER go down.  Zero.  The amount of traffic on Colorado's govotecolorado web site is trivial compared to most commerce sites -- and has had 50x the downtime.  Gessler is an incompetent ideologue and should be shoehorned out of office. 

ryan.cordova
ryan.cordova topcommenter

Democrats won, Of course Gessler doesn't feel like he's done enough, he's on record as saying the only time he'll believe an election was fair was if the Republicans won it.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @Cecil No punches pulled on your post, Cecil. Thanks for weighing in.

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