Colorado study shows non-citizens voting in the state

Posted on: April 1, 2011

The Colorado Republicans on the House Administration Committee wants to make sure that voter registration rules are followed. The reason for this was a study that found as many as 5,000 non-citizens in the state took part in last year’s election. This is important because in last year’s election Democrat Michael Bennett narrowly defeated Republican John Buck – perhaps with the 5,000 illegal votes?

In addition, the Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican, told the panel that his department’s study identified nearly 12,000 people who were not citizens but were still registered to vote in Colorado. Of those people 5,000 voted in last year’s election.

How the panel figured this out was that they compared the state’s voter registration database with driver’s license records. Representative Charles Gonzales (D) raised doubts about the reporting, saying that the study itself was based on inconclusive data and it was “impossible to provide precise numbers” on how many people who were registered to vote in the state were not citizens. The only way to make sure that there are no non-citizens voting is to require proof of citizenship. Unfortunately, the state of Colorado doesn’t screen for citizenship when people register to vote. Colorado should look to create a registration system that would allow asking some people to provide proof of their citizenship in writing.

If individuals did not respond to the request, their registration as voters would be suspended. This method can be changed either administratively or with legislation that makes is a felony for anyone who is not a citizens of the United States as well as the state of Colorado to vote.

Many law-abiding citizens don’t mind showing proof even when voting because they are honest people. But I’m sure the ACLU will find a problem with this type of administrative law. However, when you think about it, can you vote in Mexico or Canada if you’re a non-citizen? Of course not! Why should our country be any different?


2 Responses to "Colorado study shows non-citizens voting in the state"

As usual, brilliant and insightful.

Blessings on you and yours
John Wilder

Thank you. Just like any American citizen I want what’s best for our country and of course do it Constitutionally. When will “some people” learn what made this country great. No cheating but honesty and entrigity are the keys to our greatness.

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