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


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Sam Levin
Voters in line in Aurora on election day.
He continued, "And we probably won't know about it and we probably won't be able to catch it, because we don't have the tools we need. But if you look at the data we have from before, I think it's likely."

Of his overall efforts to prevent fraud, Gessler said, "I think we've taken a good first step."

Rich Coolidge, his spokesman added, "It just shows the vulnerability in the system."

Coolidge noted that there was an individual who registered in Douglas County who checked the "no" box under citizenship but made it onto the rolls anyway; he was mailed a ballot last year and voted using it. "They didn't find it until this year. And so if we had done these checks last year, we might have been able to say, 'Don't send him a ballot.' So that's what these checks can really benefit."

That voter has since been removed.

"I think the other thing is hopefully people are beginning to realize it's not just voter clean up," Gessler said about his approach. "It's educating people on who can and can't vote and making sure we don't lead people astray into breaking the law, because that's really sort of what it's about."

By the way, Gessler predicted that Mitt Romney would win in Colorado based on records that showed more Republicans than Democrats had voted early. Obama wound up taking the state.

More from our Politics archive: "Latino voters helped Colorado stay blue -- more so than in any other battleground state"

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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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