Gessler’s Latest “Illegal Voters” Evaporate On Examination

Scott Gessler.

Scott Gessler.

As the Boulder Daily Camera's Erica Meltzer reports:

Last month, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler gave Boulder County District Attorney Stan Garnett a list of 17 names, all suspected of voting in the November election despite being non-citizens.

Those names were among 155 people identified statewide as possible illegal voters.

But an investigation by Garnett's office found that all 17 people were citizens and were able to easily verify their status, the district attorney said Wednesday…

"Local governments and county clerks do a really good job regulating the integrity of elections, and I'll stand by that record any day of the week," Garnett said. "We don't need state officials sending us on wild goose chases for political reasons." [Pols emphasis]

Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler's years-long quest for "illegal voters" on the Colorado rolls has consistently ended in embarrassing failure, ever since his first dire warnings of ten thousand or more "illegal voters" in 2011. Verification that all 17 voters turned over to the Boulder County DA are in fact legal citizens is just the latest example of the absolutely pitiful return on Gessler's large investment of time and resources on this non-problem.

Meanwhile, other problems his office is directly responsible, like the failure of the state's mobile voter registration website to record hundreds of registrations, are brushed off as "inevitable glitches." The right-wing media and friendly organizations like True the Vote who sing Gessler's praises for the big scary numbers he throws around are silent when the truth comes out, and Gessler is found to be wasting everyone's time. The fact is, Gessler has done more to disprove the right's endless allegations of voter fraud in American elections than most of his opponents, but you'll never hear that from True the Vote. The true purpose for Gessler and conservative "vote fraud watchdogs" in these witch hunts, sowing doubt in the process and chilling participation by perfectly legal citizens, provides an ongoing raison d'être no matter what the facts are.

At this point, we believe Gessler depends on the outcome getting less attention.

8 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Froward69 says:

    To Quote Buggs Bunny… "What a total Maroon" 

  2. ClubTwitty says:

    Is there a way for Colorado taxpayers to figure out how much Mr. Gessler's witch hunt has cost the taxpayer?  Has anyone filed a CORA request yet?

  3. Moderatus says:

    Stan Garnett is every bit as much of a partisan Democrat as Gessler is a partisan Republican. Political paybacks and gotcha games on either side don't help. Scott Gessler is simply doing his job.

    • ClubTwitty says:

      Wasting public monies?


    • BlueCat says:

      You can still claim that voter fraud is a crisis that deserves the highest priority, highest progile, high spending the GOP is lavishing on it in state after state with a straight face?  They may as well be spending the money tracking down rumors of elf sightings. So far, we have as many confirmed elves as confirmed successfully cast and counted fraudulent votes in any modern day Colorado election. 

      We all, including you and Gessler and all the rest of your "moderate" buds, know what this is really about. Yes, Gessler is doing his job but no, the job he's doing is not the job of SOS. 

       If you righties really want to put this over you need to try to fraudulently get a bunch of fraudulent votes through the final stage of actually being counted in an election so you'll be able to come up with at least a few documented cases. More, at least, than documented proof of elves.

      The finding of zero out of 17 isn't the result of partisanship. It's the result of, you know, objective reality. No wonder righties have so little use for that. Say "hi" to the elves for me.

    • bullshit! says:

      Another Republican complaining about paybacks and gotcha games. Didn't anybody tell you that's your party's entire platform now?

  4. mamajama55 says:

    Jeff Chostner, Pueblo DA, has also found nothing to prosecute in the 2 cases of "voter fraud" , which Mr. Gessler referred to him to look into. One was from 7 years ago, and Gessler saved it up for all that time! Makes our S o S look like a putz….

    What's more noteworthy is the Chieftain running this as a straight news story, no spin that I detect.

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