County Clerk responds to Sec. of State non-citizen voter claim

By: KKCO Email
By: KKCO Email

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) - Mesa County election officials are anxiously asking the Secretary of State's office for the names of any people who may be living in Mesa County that have been tentatively identified by that office as non-residents improperly registered to vote in the state.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler says his office did a data comparison and identified 11,805 individuals who were non-citizens at the time they obtained their drivers license, according to Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Sheila Reiner. It's unknown if any of those, or any of the 106 people the Secretary of State is 'nearly certain' have been improperly registered to vote, actually live in Mesa County.

Reiner released the following response:
We take this allegation very seriously, Mesa County will follow up and attempt to obtain the data Secretary Gessler is basing his findings on. I immediately requested a list of said voters. I have been initially denied my request by the Secretary of State’s office.

It seems premature to make this kind of statement without having fully investigated the issue. It would take the involvement of County Clerks to review voter records andcontact our voters to determine whether or not they have become citizens and are or are not properly registered.

County Clerks are statutorily required to facilitate the voter registration and election process. I take pride in my office and our work. It troubles me that the Clerks were not consulted in this data comparison.

Currently, there is a process on the books that allows a person to challenge the validity of a voter registration. That process is handled by the Clerk and I would certainly like to have the opportunity to obtain the names of the alleged non-citizens.

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  • by Outraged Conservative on Mar 10, 2011 at 10:53 AM
    To: Oh Please--- Are you kidding?
  • by HP Location: GJ on Mar 9, 2011 at 07:52 AM
    To Oh Please: Have you not paid attention to the efforts of people like La Raza in battle ground states who have pushed people to register to vote even if they are in the country illegally? It is all too easy to register without documents. The Libs would have people believe that it would "disenfranchise" legal voters by asking them to have ID, the same ID these supposed low income people have to have to cash their welfare checks or to get housing and food stamps. When you look at some of the really close election results, the almost 5,000 people out of the 11,000 who cast votes could shape or change an election. Multiply that by 50 states and you can affect the outcome of a National election. Add in the living dead voters in Chicago, the entire Dallas Cowboy team who registered to vote in Las Vegas or Acorn telling people to register and do it often the fraudulent voting is scary.
  • by Disgusted Location: Ritterville on Mar 8, 2011 at 07:15 PM
    This really doesn't surprise me...that office has had problems for decades! Close it immediately and turn it over to the private sector, let a dress shop rent out the space in the mall.
  • by OH Please Location: Grand Junction on Mar 8, 2011 at 03:36 PM
    Hm. Why do people think that those who cross the border illegally give two hoots about voting in an election? I mean - was the race for County Surveyor really that compelling? You're more likely to have an "illegal" voter as someone who was here on a visa and it expired. A migrant worker supporting his family probably didn't come into town, register to vote and made sure he got his say in on Prop. 102.
  • by JJ Location: Grand Junction on Mar 8, 2011 at 03:13 PM
    This is long over due. Time to put a halt to illegal voting as well as illegal immigration. With the economy as fragile as it is, we as legal citizens of this County, State and Country can not handle supporting others that do not abide by the laws of this land. If someone is illegal, they have no rights to vote or receive any type of support from any government agency of this country! Our government needs to take care of the legal citizens of this country not the other way around!
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