Today In BS: Scott Gessler and 2012 Voter Turnout Rates

Stop Whining About OverreachingAs the Craig Daily Press' Joe Moylan reports:

For Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, there was no more blatant example of partisan political power than House Bill 13-1303, a 128-page rewrite of Colorado’s voting laws…

On Saturday, Gessler was the featured speaker during the annual Moffat County Republican Party Lincoln Day Dinner at the Holiday Inn of Craig. During his 20-minute address, Gessler outlined for about 40 local residents the flaws he sees in the new law and criticized Gov. John Hickenlooper as being a rubber-stamp governor for a partisan state Legislature…

“We outperform almost every other state in terms of voter turnout and we outperform the eight same-day voter registration states,” Gessler said. [Pols emphasis] “This wasn’t a problem that needed to be solved. Not one Republican amendment was accepted and not one person from my office was consulted on this bill.”

Our friend John Tomasic of the Colorado Independent directs us to this George Mason University chart of voter turnout in the 2012 elections:

State VEP Highest Office
Turnout Rate
VEP Total Ballots Counted
​Turnout Rate
Colorado 70.3% 71.1%
Minnesota (SDR) 75.7% 76.1%

And that's "Today in BS," folks.

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  1. Davie says:

    Pshawh!  That 5 point difference is easily explained:  they were all illegal fraudulent voter that Gessler *prevented* from happening here in Colorado!

    It's easy to get high turnout if you let just anyone vote…

    • JeffcoBlue says:

      Yes. I know it looks bad, but actually thank God for Gessler, what he meant is that CO SHOULD be 5% less.

      I can't even fake it. What a useless lying fuckhead.

  2. ArapaGOP says:

    Perhaps he was mistaken in the case of Minnesota. But he's right about most of the SDR states, Colorado's turnout beat them. If this is just a great thing, why did Colorado do better than most states that have it?

    You can get hung up on minutia, or you can deal with his point. If you insist on minutia, you've made the choice…

  3. Konola says:

    Since turn out is measured against registered voters, a more meaningful look might be at the number of eligible voters who don't bother to register (but might on the day. of an election). I don't have any idea what that number is, but suspect that there are a lot of them at the lower end of the eligible age and many with Latino surnames who feel that nobody is representing them.

  4. BlueCat says:

    Since Gessler's numbers in other areas, such as the number of non-citizens registered to vote for starters,  have been proved  wildly incorrect, he certainly doesn't deserve any benefit of the doubt. He has established a pattern of putting out incorrect stats as an excuse for his partisan push for maximum suppression of voters he perceives as not likely to be supporters of GOP candidates. He is a disgrace  to the office of SOS. That's why so many of his own party's County Clerks, the ones who take pride in running elections as fairly as possible and let the chips fall where they may, refuse to back him up.

    • ajb says:

      What I find interesting here is that Gessler is applying the principle that if there's no problem, there's no need for a change. 

      Why is it he can't apply that principle to his own actions?

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