Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler has been investigating voter fraud for over a year even though concern over ballots being cast by thousands of voters who aren’t U.S. citizens has been founded on myth, not math. “It’s created an atmosphere where voters, even ones who are entitled to vote, fear their registration may not be valid or that they’ll be challenged at the polls,” said Elena Nunez, executive director of Common Cause, a liberal group that has tangled with Gessler over election issues. More than a year ago Gessler said there could be in excess of 11,000 noncitizens registered to vote in Colorado. Earlier this month, the Republican Secretary of State announced that his office had found only 141 people who were noncitizens registered to vote out of 1,416 names run through a federal database, and of those 141, only 35 who had cast ballots. That number represents 0.001 percent of Colorado’s 3.5 million registered voters.
“Voter fraud is not tolerable, period,” Gessler said. “If they want to argue that a little bit of vote fraud is OK, that’s their argument. I think no vote fraud is acceptable.” The 35 people listed as noncitizens who voted included 18 registered Democrats, 10 unaffiliated voters and five Republicans. The Denver Post reports today that Gessler has implied there was significant fraud as a result of noncitizen voting.