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.