Photos: Black voter turns white in campaign flier opposing bill NAACP supports

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Here's a side-by-side look:

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By the way, the "Hackstaff mailer" label brings up another point. The flier is said to have been funded by the Hackstaff Law Group, an enterprise formerly known as Hackstaff Gessler LLC. And, yes, the "Gessler" of the previous moniker referred to Scott Gessler, Colorado's Secretary of State, as well as an official who progressive activists accuse of trying to suppress rather than expand voting -- a charge Gessler has repeatedly called politically motivated and false.

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Photo by Sam Levin
Secretary of State Scott Gessler.
No one is suggesting that Gessler had anything to do with the flier. Nonetheless, Harris Lytle mentions his past connection to Hackstaff in her criticism of the image manipulation.

"This wipes out the very face of voters of color in Colorado -- and I don't think we're over-dramatizing it," she says. "We are wiping out the face of younger voters, senior voters, voters of color, and many other voters by the way we conduct our elections. And we're not just wiping them out in a figurative way" -- as in the flier -- "but literally in the changes to our elections by our secretary of state, who has not yet shown he can do such a critical job and earn the trust of many progressive voters, women voters, younger voters.

"Their access to democracy has been threatened," she goes on, "but this bill opens it up."

Representatives of the NAACP Colorado Montana Wyoming State Area Conference are expected to testify on behalf of HB 13-303. Here's a look at the legislation.

House Bill 13-1303

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David Court
David Court

"You can trust us .... Just check out our flier."

Justin Harned
Justin Harned

Wow. I find people that "trust" any form of government, whether local, state, or especially federal to be completely ignorant and total fools.

Adj Hernandez
Adj Hernandez

I'm more insulted by the laziness of the photoshopping than the message.


When will it end ? As a female african american, I cant help but notice at the advent of the obama administrations legacy, every racial issue known to man has unveiled itself. It's painful to say the least, and while I do wish for earlier days of naivety, and politically correct behavior . . . these past four years and the next four are bound to be even more educational . . . or the equivalent of exposing rats in a sewer.


holy shit im blown away that westword reported this


@Justin Harned - Your comment cannot just be ignored. This campaign piece was  NOT put out by any elected person. It was distributed by an private group trying to influence the democratic process.. Try reading the article first, before you make yourself a Total Fool.

michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

@latexlolita Thanks for the post, latexlolita. We're going to make it an upcoming Comment of the Day. Much appreciated.

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