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Another Voter Fraud Fail

A few weeks ago, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler made a big deal out of a list of 155 voters that he claimed had likely voted illegally in last year’s presidential election (out of more than 3 million votes cast). But an investigation of the 17 names on the list from Boulder County found that all of them voted legally:

But an investigation by Garnett’s office found that all 17 people were citizens and were able to easily verify their status, the district attorney said Wednesday.

Garnett said the outcome shows Gessler’s emphasis on finding ineligible voters and eliminating them from the voter rolls is a waste of resources and politically motivated.

“Local governments and county clerks do a really good job regulating the integrity of elections, and I’ll stand by that record any day of the week,” Garnett said. “We don’t need state officials sending us on wild goose chases for political reasons.”

Garnett said he believes that Gessler referred the names for prosecution because he made a big deal last summer about possible illegal voting in advance of the November election and had to produce results.

As is always the case in such situations, the list of potential fraud cases was generated with a faulty methodology. Gessler came up with his names by flagging anyone who had used non-citizen ID to apply for a driver’s license and then later voted. But even if they weren’t a citizen when they applied for a driver’s license, sometimes years earlier, that does not mean they weren’t a citizen when they voted. The U.S. averages nearly 700,000 newly naturalized citizens each year. Colorado has about 1.5% of the population, so that would be over 10,000 new citizens from that state each year. That 155 of them may have applied for a driver’s license before becoming a citizen and then voted after becoming a citizen would seem quite reasonable.

Comments

  1. says

    Ed:

    Excuse me, but your naiveness is showin’. BOULDER County? As in home to Colorado U in the CITY OF BOULDER, another oneathem “Tofurepublics” that pop up in a lot of those places with hippietakercommie college students and their traitorous teachers? That BOULDER County? FFS, why not check the survey in Weld County, where my brother lives. I think that Weld is reliably enough SKKKrotalMurKKKanPatriotiKKKal that if you had 17 names there they’d be able to confirm that 600-800 demoncrats had voted illegally!!

  2. MikeMa says

    I will not hold my breath for Gessler to apologize for wasting taxpayer money. I call smaller government bullshit. Again.

  3. Trebuchet says

    Interesting little “test post” from spammer “Rosendo Neumann” at number 2. Lots of spam been getting through lately of the “my sister made $64,000 working from home” ilk. I suspect it’s been getting through because because they’re using actual human beings (of a sort) to post instead of bots.

  4. machintelligence says

    Oh it is far worse than that:

    Last year, Gessler estimated that 11,805 noncitizens were on the rolls.

    But the number kept getting smaller.

    After his office sent letters to 3,903 registered voters questioning their status, the number of noncitizens now stands at 141, based on checks using a federal immigration database. Of those 141, Gessler said 35 have voted in the past.

    Denver checked on 8 of those 35 and found that they were all citizens. It sounds like there may actually be far fewer than ten cases of actual improper voting.
    If you want some examples of real fraud:

    And FOX31 Denver has confirmed that the young woman seen registering voters outside a Colorado Springs grocery store in a YouTube video, in which she admits to trying to only register voters who support Mitt Romney, was indeed a contract employee of Sproul’s company.
    “I’m actually trying to register people for a particular party,” the girl tells a woman in the video, which has been viewed more than 417,000 times. Because we’re out here in support of Romney, actually.

    The Republican party fired that company, and as a result had no voter registration drive during the last three weeks before the election. Talk about shooting themselves in the foot!

  5. John Pieret says

    WARNING; Move your Irony Meters to at least Grade Nine Shelters!!!

    In response, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office said Gessler is trying to address the matter in a methodical way while Garnett is trying to score partisan points.

    We reccomend that you maintain your meters within the shelters for at least one hour more in case of leftover irony fallout!

  6. says

    Does anyone know if these ham-fisted attempts at finding voting fraud have ever backfired in court? Has a judge ever used them as evidence that widespread voter fraud clearly does not occur?

  7. says

    “In response, a spokesman for the Secretary of State’s Office said Gessler is…ACORN, ACORN, SOROSACORN, HOMERSECKSHULS!!'”.

    Sorry, you apparently received the unfiltered version instead of the dogwhistle compliant press release.

    @10:

    He tours with them in a lexan-domed Modusmobile (think a clear version of the Oscar Mayer Weiner Wagon) taunting those of us who are second-tier and lower grade commenters AND he sells them to terrarists who melt them down to make IED’s!!!

  8. sbuh says

    I always try to explain to someone how ridiculous and ineffective in-person voter fraud would be on a massive scale.

    Let’s assume you had 1,000 operatives and the resources and foresight to employ them anywhere in the country. Realistically, how many precincts could you swing? Could you even flip one single state?

    This is even assuming you knew otherwise how the election would turn out, which is unrealistic, and thus sent your guys to the exact right places (wouldn’t it be embarrassing if all your operatives voted in precincts you would have won anyway?).

  9. tassilo says

    You mean Gessler who was admonished by an ethics panel for spending State money to attend the GOP convention in Florida?

    Gessler who hired a private law firm to sue the governor of Colorado for not scheduling a recall election fast enough for his tastes? Fast enough meant to Gessler less than a week after 10,000 signatures had been verified for recalling the senate president of Colorado, a Democrat, and before the courts had heard arguments against the recall, scheduled that same week. By law, the governor has 60 days to schedule the election.

    The real fraud is Gessler.

  10. michaelcrichton says

    @ timgueguen:

    Sooner or later one of these “illegal” voters is gong to sue for defamation after their name is mentioned on one of these lists.

    Alas, for legislative immunity. He could accuse those voters of raping babies with kittens, and as long as he could make some tenuous claim that he was acting in his capacity as a government official at the time, he’d be unsueable.

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