Non-Citizens Asked to Vote
Approximately 30,000 non-U.S. citizens residing in Colorado were sent postcards reminding them to register to vote.
Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office made a statement regarding the incident saying that the postcards in question were sent out by accident on Sept. 27 after a comparison was made from a list of 102,000 names provided by the Electronic Registration Information Center along with a database of Colorado’s residents issued driver’s licenses.
The list of driver’s licenses provided by the Department of Revenue included those who are not US citizens. However, it did not have the necessary formatting that would allow those names to have been automatically removed by the Department of State. The postcards were sent out in both English and Spanish and they specifically note that to register one must be a US citizen and be at least 18 years old.
Griswold’s office said that they were not aware that the postcards had been sent out to noncitizens until some of those who received the postcards attempted to register for the election. She also added that those who are not US citizens would not be able to register for the election even if they did try it.
Her office is now in charge of sending new notices to those 30,000 citizens who wrongfully received postcards. They are also applying extra caution to ensure that no one who is not eligible to register manages to do so.
There are still investigations going on regarding the incident that was first reported on by Colorado’s Public Radio News.
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