Not news: Gessler raises specter of “dramatic” fraud, if election-day registration passed

(Getting a bit threadbare, maybe? – promoted by Colorado Pols)

If you’re a reporter, you’re naturally inclined to pay attention to your Secretary of State when he or she warns that possible legislation could lead to “dramatic” vote fraud.

But if it’s Colorado’s Scott Gessler, we’ve all learned by now, journalists can relax. Just relax. No need to race to get it up on Twitter. No need to rush anywhere, because it’s not news. He’s lost his credibility way more than Chicken Little.

So, I hope you didn’t get excited if you happened to be listening to Greeley radio station KFKA Monday morning and heard Gessler say this to host Tom Lucero:

“I’ve heard a lot of radical stuff coming out of the Legislature. We’ll see what actually happens.

“But one of the things that I’ve heard that they want to push is same day voter registration, where someone shows up on Election Day and registers immediately. And that creates all kinds of havoc in our systems, and it’s not secure at all. We’ve seen, you know, real, real, dramatic vote fraud in other states, especially urban areas that have used that same voter registration. So, I’m afraid that they’re going to push it nonetheless, and despite all our success in voter turnout, and despite our increased participation, I’m afraid that they’re going to claim that things are terrible nonetheless, and use that as an excuse to push for something that really opens us up to vote fraud.”

[Gessler said some other stuff about his work with the courts on other election matters, and you can listen here.]

But, please, we all know by now that if fraud were a real issue, the clerks would be worried. All of them may not be right all the time either, but they’re worth listening to.

And in any case, just for the sake of saying it, you don’t need to dig deep to find out that we can have safe election-day voter registration in Colorado. It doesn’t favor one party over another, which wouldn’t be a reason to oppose it, even if it did.

Bottom line for reporters: You can forget about this blog post and get back to real work.

12 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Gray in Mountains says:

    Of course many states have had same day registration for many years without difficulty.

  2. Gray in Mountains says:

    if it is “dramatic” we ought to expect a reality series around it. Cool

  3. divergent_tdog says:

    I think a case could have been made years ago about same-day voter registration being a problem because it couldn’t be checked up on. But these days with instantaneous electronic communication, seems we should be able to pull our system into the 21st century. But then we all know that this isn’t about voter fraud, it’s about suppressing the urban, Democratic vote.

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      It appears there will be a new code word for minority and young voters…”the urban vote”.

      “We’ve seen, you know, real, real, dramatic vote fraud in other states, especially urban areas that have used that same voter registration.”

      This is their justification for trying to rig the electoral vote by calculating votes by congressional district, rather than by state.

      If the system they are trying to implement had been in place nationwide in 2012, we would now be posting about President Mittens.

  4. GalapagoLarryGalapagoLarry says:

    ” …despite all our success in voter turnout…”

    Someone on his staff composes one letter to voters and stamps his name on it–whoopeee.

    Is anyone else here who knocked on door after door, signed up new voter after new voter, dropped three trees’ worth of campaign literature on porch after porch, getting damned tired of him taking credit for all the work we did to increase voter turnout? While he did everything in the book to thwart voting, including fear mongering and threats?

    What an insufferable little prick.

  5. gaf says:

    “Someone on his staff composes one letter to voters and stamps his name on it…”

    …in a project paid for by a federal grant.

  6. rwnemanich says:

    lived and voted in same day state, less fraud that 30 day registration

  7. marklane1351 says:

    Ronald Reagan said it best trust but verify. I trust that Scott Gessler has found extensive voter fraud, but I wish to independently verify the existence of the problem before taking any action to fix it.

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