Gessler suing Denver over mail ballots

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) -- Secretary of State Scott Gessler says he is suing Denver for automatically mailing ballots for an upcoming municipal election to inactive voters.

Gessler called a news conference on Wednesday to provide details of the lawsuit. Gessler says elections law prohibits the city from mailing ballots to voters who didn't vote last year and didn't
respond to requests to activate their registrations.

Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson says the city is proceeding with its ballot plan to make it easier for eligible people to vote.

Pueblo Clerk and Recorder Gilbert Ortiz told the Pueblo Chieftain Tuesday that he submitted his
election plan months ago to the Colorado secretary of state's office and it was approved despite including inactive voters in the mailing.

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  • by Nun Location: Grand Valley on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:17 AM
    I am happy to see this lawsuit. We will have the voting laws examined and defined in court. Then all the clerks and recorders will be forced to follow the law as it was intended, instead of the way the wish to interpret it.
  • by Rob Location: GJ on Sep 21, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    A ploy to disenfranchise the elderly and the poor. He's so transparent.
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      by JJ on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:10 AM in reply to Rob
      @Rob, if those people you are talking about would complain less and get off their lazy behinds and vote then two things would happen: 1) They would not be considered inactive 2) Their votes could make a difference! Most elderly I know are more apt to vote then the younger set who do most of the complaining!
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