What it means that Colorado vot­ers are can­cel­ing their regis­tra­tions

The Denver Post - - NEWS - Re: Re: Ni­cholas Monck, John Coniff,

“3,394 vot­ers can­cel reg­is­tra­tion,” July 14 news story.

In a democ­racy, no right is more fun­da­men­tal than vot­ing. Through the bal­lot box, we have the power to con­trol our govern­ment and in­flu­ence elected of­fi­cials. Thanks to the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s ef­fort to sup­press vot­ers un­der the guise of an “elec­tion in­tegrity com­mis­sion,” thou­sands of Coloradans have given up that right.

As a mem­ber of the Clin­ton pres­i­den­tial campaign’s Colorado Voter Pro­tec­tion Team, I saw that the right to vote can­not be taken for granted. We should be mak­ing vot­ing eas­ier, not harder. Sec­re­tary of State Wayne Wil­liams and county clerks across the state must make it clear that they will refuse to honor the com­mis­sion’s in­ap­pro­pri­ate, and pos­si­bly il­le­gal, re­quest.

They should also in­crease ef­forts to ed­u­cate vot­ers about what in­for­ma­tion is, and what is not, pub­lic, as well as how rare voter fraud re­ally is. People must have faith in elec­tions. De­mand­ing vot­ers’ pri­vate in­for­ma­tion is not the way to protect Amer­i­cans’ po­lit­i­cal voice.

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“Elec­tions work­ing well,” July 15 news story.

Your ar­ti­cle noted that Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s elec­tion in­tegrity com­mis­sion “is tasked with in­ves­ti­gat­ing voter fraud [and] voter sup­pres­sion.”

The data that Sec­re­tary of State Wayne Wil­liams agreed to pro­vide is, un­der Colorado law, al­ready avail­able to any­one who wants it, in­clud­ing pres­i­den­tial com­mis­sions, for a small fee from the sec­re­tary of state’s of­fice. And it is used by, among others, po­lit­i­cal par­ties and mar­ket­ing groups. The data­base has even been posted on the Web in its en­tirety.

Last week The Post re­ported that nearly 3,400 Coloradans with­drew their voter reg­is­tra­tion to protect their data. Don’t these folks see that by do­ing so, the com­mis­sion is it­self caus­ing voter sup­pres­sion? That’s 3,400 people who will not vote in fu­ture elec­tions. And if you don’t vote, the op­po­si­tion will al­ways win.

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