Legal voters get letters questioning status

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The letters were sent by Secretary of State Scott Gessler

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler

DENVER (AP) – Democrats and independent voters got 86 percent of the requests to withdraw from voting rolls if they're not citizens as part of an initiative from Colorado's Republican Secretary of State.

The breakdown renewed skepticism that Scott Gessler has a political motivation in sending the letters. His office provided the figures to The Associated Press Monday.

A Gessler spokesman says he did not look at party registration when sending the letters.

Of the nearly 4,000 who received them, 1,566 were Democrats, and 1,794 were unaffiliated. Another 486 were Republicans. The remainder went to smaller political parties.

Gessler sent letters earlier this month to registered voters suspected of being ineligible to vote because they presented documents showing that they were not citizens, such as a green card, when applying for a driver's license.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is being contacted by U.S citizens who received the letters.

The ACLU provided three names of people who are naturalized citizens from Canada, Venezuela, and Germany. The ACLU says "a couple of dozen" voters have contacted them.

Gessler's office says only those who voluntarily withdraw are having their registration canceled.

Gessler has also begun using a federal database he says will help verify citizenship status.

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