Gessler: Voting System Still Vulnerable To Fraud

January 14, 2013 6:21 PM

Gessler: Voting System Still Vulnerable To Fraud
" DENVER (AP) – Colorado Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler defended his search for noncitizens on voter rolls Monday, telling lawmakers that the state’s voting system remains vulnerable to fraud.

The state’s election chief said his office spent about $8,000 to mail letters to 3,903 suspected noncitizens on voter rolls last year in the months leading up to the November election. It’s the first time he’s¬†publicly¬†offered a price tag for how much it cost to print and mail the letters.

Gessler told lawmakers it was a worthwhile endeavor.

“Our system remains vulnerable to noncitizens registering to vote,” he said.

Democrats remain doubtful the search was effective and note the cost doesn’t include staff time. Gessler said it was difficult to calculate exact times that staff spent on the search because it would mean separating that work from duties they would’ve been doing anyway.

Democratic Sen. Evie Hudak said there was a “giant disparity” between letters sent to people suspected of not being citizens, and the number of people who turned out to be illegally registered to vote.

Gessler’s office has said federal records show that about 441 people who received letters are not citizens and are registered to vote "

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