Colorado Sec. of State mails out voter registration reminders to 30,000 ineligible non-citizens

In order to vote in U.S. elections, voters must be U.S. citizens, and the zeal with which some Democrats and voting rights activists seek to register any and all U.S. residents to vote, including even non-citizens at times, only fuels skepticism of election integrity claims and suspicion of potential voter fraud.

Such is the case in Colorado after a purported “mistake” resulted in around 30,000 ineligible non-citizen residents being sent a postcard with instructions on how to get registered to vote, Fox News reported.

The office of Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold insisted that the mailers had been sent by accident, that the non-citizen recipients of the postcards would be further notified of their ineligibility to vote, and that any non-citizens who attempted to fraudulently register to vote would be caught and face potential prosecution.

Whoops!

Colorado Public Radio was the first to report on the roughly 30,000 voter registration reminder postcards that were mailed out to ineligible non-citizens in late September that encouraged recipients to get registered to vote and provided instructions in both English and Spanish on how to do so.

The problem appeared to stem from a faulty comparison of two distinct databases, one containing potential unregistered voters in multiple states and one containing all licensed drivers in Colorado. An alleged formatting error in that comparison resulted in non-citizens with a Colorado driver’s license not being flagged as ineligible to vote.

That multi-state database is a product of an organization known as the Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC, which includes 31 states and regularly reviews state voter rolls to weed out voters who have moved or died. The organization also requires member states to send out mailers every two years to encourage eligible but unregistered voters to get registered to vote.

Mistake acknowledged

“The Department has become aware that approximately 30,000 EBU [Eligible But Unregistered] postcard mailers were incorrectly sent to ineligible Coloradans,” a spokesperson for Sec. Griswold’s office said in a statement. “The office is undertaking an internal review of the incident and will take any corrective action that is warranted.”

Some “corrective action” is already in the works, including sending out notices to ineligible recipients “reminding them that only those that meet the above requirements are eligible to register.”

The spokesperson added, “The Department will also compare the list of approximately 30,000 individuals who incorrectly received the EBU mailer postcard to the statewide voter list on a daily basis to ensure none of those individuals register. County clerks refer illegal registrations to their local district attorney for review.”

“Easily avoidable errors”

In response to the news, the Colorado Republican Party issued a sharp statement criticizing Sec. Griswold for the postcards sent to ineligible voters — a problem that had also occurred in the lead-up to the 2020 election in which Griswold’s office had sent similar mailers that encouraged dead people and non-citizens to get registered to vote.

“Jena Griswold continues to make easily avoidable errors just before ballots go out. She has spent four years serving as a taxpayer-funded partisan hack and MSNBC analyst instead of serving as a fair, unbiased Secretary of State,” Colorado GOP Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown said, and added, “Jena’s continued malfeasance and oddly timed ‘errors’ undermine the trust in our system and create more problems for our hardworking county clerks.”

Thus far, at least according to Griswold’s office, none of the ineligible non-citizens who received the mailers have attempted to register to vote, but it will be interesting to see what happens if or when that occurs, if it is even admitted, and whether anybody is ultimately held liable for this purported “mistake.”