Metro area has half of possible non-citizen voters

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
Press conference at the State Capitol: L to R-Secretary of State Scott Gessler joined state Representative Chris Holbert (R-Parker) to discuss legislation (HB1252) aimed at allowing verification of citizenship on the voter rolls. John Prieto/The Denver Post.

Press conference at the State Capitol: L to R-Secretary of State Scott Gessler joined state Representative Chris Holbert (R-Parker) to discuss legislation (HB1252) aimed at allowing verification of citizenship on the voter rolls. John Prieto/The Denver Post.

DENVER (AP) -- Arapahoe, Denver, and Adams counties have half of the nearly 4,000 registered voters that Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler suspects may be non-citizens and therefore ineligible to vote.

Gessler mailed letters last week to the registered voters suspected of being non-citizens asking them to voluntarily withdraw their registrations. Gessler's office says Arapahoe has the most with 823, followed by Denver with 771, and Adams with 377.

Other counties with large numbers include Boulder with 363 and El Paso with 287.

Gessler says letters were mailed to people who once showed proof they were not citizens, such as a green card, when applying for a driver's license. He won't release the names of people he mailed letters to.

Critics of Gessler's idea worry eligible voters will be blocked from voting.

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