Voter el­i­gi­bil­ity not in doubt

Sec­re­tary of state: No ev­i­dence 5,000 who un­reg­is­tered were in­el­i­gi­ble to vote

The Denver Post - - NEWS | DENVER & THE WEST - By Jesse Paul

There is no ev­i­dence any of the more than 5,000 Col­orado vot­ers who have with­drawn their reg­is­tra­tions fol­low­ing the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s re­quest for voter in­for­ma­tion were in­el­i­gi­ble to par­tic­i­pate in elec­tions, Sec­re­tary of State Wayne Wil­liams said Thurs­day.

“It’s my hope that ci­ti­zens who with­drew their reg­is­tra­tion will re-reg­is­ter, par­tic­u­larly once they re­al­ize that no con­fi­den­tial in­for­ma­tion will be pro­vided and that the par­ties and pres­i­den­tial can­di­dates al­ready have the same pub­licly avail­able in­for­ma­tion from the 2016 elec­tion cy­cle,” Wil­liams said in a writ­ten state­ment. “Clearly we wouldn’t be ask­ing them to re-reg­is­ter if we didn’t be­lieve they were el­i­gi­ble.”

Wil­liams’ re­marks come as his of­fice pre­pares in the com­ing days to send pub­licly avail­able voter data — in­clud­ing names, ad­dresses, party af­fil­i­a­tions and birth years — to the Pres­i­den­tial Ad­vi­sory Com­mis­sion on Elec­tion In­tegrity. Ju­lia Sunny, a spokes­woman for Wil­liams, said the in­for­ma­tion is slated to be sub­mit­ted by Mon­day night.

The com­mis­sion es­tab­lished by Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump first asked Col­orado for the voter data on June 28, but then told the state July 10 to hold off on send­ing the in­for­ma­tion un­til court chal­lenges to the re­quest played out. On Mon­day, a fed­eral court in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., de­clined a re­quest to halt the process.

In light of that de­ci­sion, the com­mis­sion re­newed its re­quest for voter data Wed­nes­day.

The com­mis­sion was cre­ated in May with a man­date to fo­cus on voter fraud, voter sup­pres­sion and other “vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties.” But the ef­fort has been clouded by pri­vacy con­cerns and dis­trust, par­tic­u­larly fol­low­ing Trump’s un­founded claims that mil­lions of peo­ple voted il­le­gally in 2016 and cost him the pop­u­lar vote.

Wil­liams, along with dozens of other sec­re­taries of state, has said he will pro­vide only in­for­ma­tion con­sid­ered pub­lic un­der state law.

Since June 28, thou­sands of Coloradans with­drew their reg­is­tra­tions.

As of Wed­nes­day, 5,072 Col­orado vot­ers had un­reg­is­tered. There are more than 3.3 mil­lion ac­tive vot­ers in the state.

More than 200 other Col­orado vot­ers have signed up in that span to be­come “con­fi­den­tial vot­ers,” a des­ig­na­tion that al­lows their in­for­ma­tion to be with­held.

In a Wed­nes­day let­ter to Wil­liams, Kris Kobach, vice chair of the elec­tion in­tegrity com­mis­sion, promised that he would not re­lease any “per­son­ally iden­ti­fi­able in­for­ma­tion from voter reg­is­tra­tion records to the pub­lic” and that all data will be dis­posed of — as per­mit­ted by fed­eral law — once the panel’s work is com­plete.

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