by Jack Minor
In last year’s Senate race nearly 5000 illegal aliens cast their vote in the election.
The revelation comes from Colorado Secretary of State, Scott Gessler. Testifying before the House Administration Committee, Gessler said his department conducted a study comparing the state’s voter registration database against driver’s license records.
After doing so they discovered 12,000 illegal aliens living in the state who were registered to vote. Of these, 5,000 actually cast votes in the last election.
Gessler told Rep. Gregg Harper, the panel’s Republican chairman, the study was a ‘disturbing wake-up call” and hoped it would prompt every state to verify its procedures to prevent illegal voting.
Responding to the report, Harper stated, “We simply cannot have an electoral system that allows thousands of non-citizens to violate the law and vote in our elections. We must do more to protect the integrity of our electoral processes.”
The report of illegal voting was disputed by Texas Democrat, Rep. Charles Gonzales, who said it was “impossible to provide precise numbers” on the total number of illegals registered to vote. Without precise numbers he felt the entire study was to be called into question.
Gessler told the committee he would like to create a registration system requiring voters to provide written proof of their citizenship.
Measures to do so have been attempted in several states, however, they often face stiff opposition from liberal democrat groups who claim the requirements are discriminatory. Illegals rarely vote for Republicans.
Steve Moreno, Weld County Clerk and Recorder, said his department was unsure if they had any illegals vote in the last election. Moreno said his department does not have the resources to check the immigration status of voters, however if he is made aware of any fraudulent voters he will gladly turn the information over to the District Attorney’s office. He went on to say “there is always room for improvement in how we register voters.”
Under current law, a person registering to vote declares they are a citizen and eligible to vote. There is no requirement to produce documentation, the process depends solely on the word of the voter signing the form. Falsely registering to vote is a felony, which disallows future voting or office-holding.