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Colorado Voter Suppression - Election 2012

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Will Colorado Become Another Florida 2004?


   Landlocked Colorado because of the suppressive actions of Secretary of State Scott Gessler, threatens to become just another Florida 2004.   The only difference would be that we remain geographically landlocked. But then the nation itself is currently deadlocked, and it seems this election saga only will be solved on the day all ballots are cast. The following photo is attributed to Colorado Common Cause Online:



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   On one site encountered on my online search, I found a petition to be signed and did so, forwarding it to other knowledgeable Democratic fellows, and then happened onto the Colorado Common Cause site, where I discovered the following:

   "Colorado's top election official is using state money to prevent registered Coloradans from voting. Secretary of State Scott Gessler's fight with Denver County over mailing ballots to registered voters who missed 1 general election is not over yet. 
   "On October 7th a Denver judge allowed Denver County to mail ballots to its residents who are marked "inactive -- fail to vote' because they did not vote in the last general election.  Since the court ruling 9 additional counties have decided to mail ballots to these so - called inactive voters. 
   "Secretary Gessler argues that the law prohibits counties from mailing to these voters.  The reality is that the Colorado election code, particularly in mail ballot elections, demonstrates that the legislature intended to increase voter participation, not decrease participation in Colorado elections.
   "Colorado Common Cause has asked to join this case because making it more difficult for Coloradans to vote violates the First and Fourteenth Amendments to U.S. Constitution in addition to Article 2, Sections 5 and 10 of the Colorado Constitution.

    "CCC's motion to intervene says that Gessler's actions would violate the free speech and equal protection guaranteed in the First and Fourteenth Amendments. The Colorado Constitution also guarantees political expression and an eligible elector's right to vote.  On November 16, 2011, Denver District Court Judge Brian Whitney granted Colorado Common Cause's request to intervene in the case."

   Alarming? Indeed!

   On the Think Progress site I found the following:

   "Although Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler (R) felt the need to question his state's registered voters about their eligibility to vote, aending a letter earlier this month that asked about 4,000 Colorado residents to provide proof of citizenship, his office has confirmed that at least 88 percent of those voters are indeed U.S. citizens.

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