I’m not going to jail, at least not for voting. That means good news for me, and a chance to keep Coloradans’ trust in our election results, but only if the new General Assembly is willing to act on the terrible election law passed last year. While anti-gun legislation dominated the media during the last Colorado legislative session, the most dangerous bill passed was a revamp of our voting laws. Thanks to House Bill 1303, Colorado is now the poster child for sloppy election law. Not only does a cable TV or phone bill serve as a valid form of voter identification, but we’re also the only state in the country that has both all mail-in ballots and same-day voter registration. Under the new law our ballots, including yours, are flung through the mail like grocery-store coupons, whether you want them delivered that way to you or not. As the news site CompleteColorado.com reported, ballots in the last election were readily found in trash cans and apartment mail rooms, just ready to be harvested.
But even more disturbing, the new law legalizes moving voters around on Election Day to the district where their votes are most needed. Now someone who merely “intends” to move into a different district can vote in that district on Election Day. Imagine a voter shell-game with the winner controlling government.
And get this — any enforcement of “voter fraud,” if it’s even possible to catch it, happens AFTER the ballots are all counted and recorded. With same-day voter registration the vagabond voter is handed a ballot at the polling place. He registers and votes right there and then. His ballot goes into the ballot box, and there’s no way to yank it back out.
The result? The winners of future elections in Colorado will be the campaigns that have the most buses.
To prove that very point, I personally “moved” from my long-time home in Boulder to Colorado Springs and cast a ballot in the John Morse recall election last September. I then “moved” back to Boulder shortly afterward. Morse backers and supporters of the new law immediately filed legal complaints against me for voter fraud.
Citing the “ambiguities” in HB 1303, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office announced that, after a three-month investigation, a criminal prosecution against me is “not warranted or viable.” This announcement came as a surprise to no one who actually read the law.