Colorado, like many other states, has a problem – the zeal to register new voters has been marred by significant numbers of fraudulent registrations. The Rocky Mountain News reports on the states efforts to clean up the mess:
State officials tried to reassure Colorado voters Sunday that the Nov. 2 election will be free and fair, despite allegations that hundreds of people have fraudulently tried to register.
“We want people to vote. We do not want people to be fearful they cannot vote,” Adams County Clerk Carol Snyder told about 100 people packed into a hearing room at the state Capitol to get details on emergency voting regulations published Friday.
Secretary of State Donetta Davidson said the emergency rules were necessary after her office discovered 6,352 possible voter registration matches for felons. Under Colorado law, felons are allowed to vote only if they are no longer in prison and are not on parole.
County clerks also have discovered multiple registrations for dozens of people, and other cases where people signed up in voter registration drives and their records disappeared.
One woman has told a Denver television station she registered to vote 25 times and signed up several friends up to 40 times each to help her boyfriend, who was being paid by a community group to register new voters.Denver’s ABC 7 has a summary of the Emergency Voter Regulations, which given the many problems the state has identified seem pretty fair.