At the same time that Secretary of State Scott Gessler is cleaning up the voter rolls in Colorado, his office has launched "the largest voter registration drive in the state's history", according to the Denver Post.
While critics have accused Gessler of disenfranchising voters by removing illegal voters from the system, Gessler has embarked on a campaign to bring nearly one million new voters to the polls come November.
According to the Denver Post:
"Gessler said the campaign was designed so that there would be an equal number of 'impressions' — or times that a person could see or hear the ads — in all areas of the state, and among all demographics, so as not to give any political party an advantage. The initiative also includes Spanish-language ads."
While Gessler's critics have hounded him for "disenfranchising" voters, a recent analysis by Media Trackers found that Gessler's attempts to clean up the voter rolls are not without merit. According to the Media Trackers report:
"A review of voter registration data for ten counties in Colorado details a pattern of voter bloat inflating registration rolls to numbers larger than the total voting age population. Using publicly available voter data and comparing it to U.S. Census records reveals the ten counties having a total registration ranging between 104 to 140 percent of the respective populations."
The Franklin Center also conducted its own analysis and found that " seventeen of Colorado’s sixty four counties have registration greater than 100 percent of the US Census voting age population."
These analyses also follow a report that North Carolina has 30,000 dead people on its voter rolls. Sounds like voter fraud, which is notoriously difficult to prove after the fact, isn't the mythical creature the left decries.
To recap, Gessler is trying to ensure that all eligible voters are registered at the same time that he's trying to crack down on ineligible voter registrations. Hmmm, sounds like he's just doing his job….