Judge Weighs Lawsuit over Purged Colorado Voters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Lawyers on both sides of a voter registration lawsuit are trying to reach an agreement this evening on how to ensure that people wrongly removed from voter rolls can vote on Election Day.

Volunteer Bryce Dunn processes voter registrations at the board of elections in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. The nationwide boom in voter registration that propelled Sen. Barack Obama to his party's presidential nomination has carried over into the general election, resulting in more than 9 million newly registered voters who are overwhelmingly Democrats and creating the potential for an Election Day landslide. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

Denver (AP) Lawyers on both sides of a voter registration lawsuit are trying to reach an agreement this evening on how to ensure that people wrongly removed from voter rolls can vote on Election Day.

A federal judge says state officials were “out of bounds” in some cases where they canceled voters but he didn't want to order last-minute changes that may cause long lines and problems at the polls next week. Judge John Kane gave lawyers about 30 minutes to
reach an agreement after listening to about five hours of testimony in a lawsuit against Secretary of State Mike Coffman.

Colorado common cause and other groups filed the lawsuit saying the state illegally removed names from voter rolls within 90 days of a federal general election. The groups also say names were wrongly removed when addresses were listed as undeliverable by the Postal Service.

The state maintains officials did nothing wrong and that eligible voters will not be denied the right to vote.

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