Under the guise of combating “voter fraud,” Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) targeted 4,000 registered voters or, as he called them, “suspected non-citizens,” with a letter demanding proof of citizenship. Gessler determined those who had applied for drivers licenses using non-citizen documents (even though it is entirely legal to do so) would be purged from the voter rolls if they could not provide proof of citizenship.
Apparently, a simple check with federal databases could have cleared up many of Gessler’s questions and saved taxpayers a substantial sum of money: only 168 people remain to be verified as citizens. Gessler’s office admits that many, most, or all of them could be U.S. citizens.
Claiming his challenge wasn’t politically motivated, 40% of Gessler’s letters were sent to Democrats and 13% to Republicans. In the past, Gessler has tried to purge the voter rolls, going so far as to target military troops deployed overseas.