Scott Gessler's mom calls for voter-ID law at election-integrity hearing
"The problem can really be solved with legislation.... Scott is for voter ID," Gessler continued. "It's the only way that we can verify that the people that are getting ballots are the right people."
Voter ID laws have been a source of controversy around the country. Supporters argue that they would prevent voter fraud, while opponents say that strict requirements can disenfranchise legitimate voters. Photo ID laws have been proposed in Colorado -- and Gessler, as his mother pointed out, has supported them. But the laws here aren't nearly as strict as ones that have drawn backlash in other states.
Sam Levin Scott Gessler at one of the hearings last week in Arapahoe County.
It remains to be seen whether this kind of bill will be proposed in the upcoming legislative cycle.
"If you look at their driver's licenses and their Colorado IDs, there's lots of ways we can look," Barbara Gessler said.
There was a range of testimony throughout the hearing and several speakers, like Barbara Gessler, expressed concerns about the potential for fraud. A speaker before her said, "We can sure as heck get our voter ID pinned down. That would solve all of our problems."
Barbara Gessler, in promoting voter ID laws, told a personal story.
"I was at O'Hare airport [in Chicago] two years ago and lost my driver's license," she said. "In order to get through security, I had to have ID, photo ID. I was frantic -- the only thing I had was my Costco card. And I showed it to the security and they accepted it, because my picture was on it with my name. So don't tell me that we can't get photo ID."
She continued, "I see a lot of people at Sam's Club that are not legal citizens that have...Sam's Club cards, so I know it's possible."
Voter ID laws weren't the only topic that stirred Gessler's mom. Barbara stayed for most of the hearing, taking notes on a yellow legal pad, interjecting her opinion at one point and chatting with several members of the audience.
"As far as the election day, we had problems with people who were insisting on voting even though they didn't register, so I insisted that they go to provisional ballots," she said. "Out of 900 voters, we had 99 provisional ballots. It was our only way of checking."
She added, "People don't want to stand in line. They'll fill out their ballots and put them in the mailbox."
Several in the audience applauded as Gessler returned to her seat.
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