Scott Gessler: Officials probably didn't catch all fraudulent voters before election
|Voters in line in Aurora on election day.|
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.
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