Citizenship proof to vote clears Colo. House

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DENVER (AP) - Colorado's Republican House has given final approval to a divisive bill that would allow the Secretary of State to block people from voting if their citizenship is in doubt.

The bill passed 34-28 Friday, a day after a long debate over whether Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler should have the authority to block voters without proof of citizenship.

Many democrats complained that the measure would amount to harassment and voter intimidation. Republicans said Gessler needs the authority to uncover how often non-citizens are casting ballots.

The measure now heads to the Democratic Senate, where members have rejected other GOP attempts to require citizenship checks at the polls.

In the House, only one Democrat voted for the bill.

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  • by anchorman Location: Grand Junction on Apr 8, 2011 at 03:37 PM
    Democrats in the Colorado Senate are following the lead from U.S. Democrat Senators to defeat such a bill coming their way. Democrats are relying on the Latino and Union votes to further their Progressive agendas.
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      by Nun on Apr 8, 2011 at 04:32 PM in reply to anchorman
      I don't view this as a racial or union issue. To me it is about protecting the integrity of the election process. Unless measures are not taken to ensure that only qualified voters are casting ballots then the entire process is suspect and then the elected officials and initiatives become questionable.
  • by American on Apr 8, 2011 at 02:40 PM
    Can someone please tell me how it is harassment to ask someone to prove they are a citizen and they are who they say they are before they vote? We have to provide ID to get on a plane, get in the country, why not in the voter booth? If you are a citizen it is not too hard to go down to the county offices and get an ID card...
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      by JJ on Apr 8, 2011 at 07:31 PM in reply to American
      Again, the only ones that would object to this are the people that have something to hide or are illegal and don't want anyone to know who they are or where they live.
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