DENVER (AP) – Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler backed off from a decision to hold hearings challenging the citizenship of some Colorado voters, but he said 141 non-citizens are illegally registered to vote and he’s passing their names along to county clerks.
Gessler’s announcement ends an escalating standoff for now with Democrats, who blasted the elections chief for his effort to tackle what he maintains is a big problem on voter rolls.
Gessler and his detractors both found reason to declare victory.
“We confirmed our current voter registration has vulnerabilities,” Gessler said. His office said there was not enough time to hold hearings challenging the citizenship of those 141 non-citizens before November.
Democratic attorney Martha Tierney said the number of non-citizens registered to vote that Gessler found shows that his search was a waste of time. Those 141 registered voters are .004 percent of the state’s nearly 3.5 million…
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