Trashing the franchise: Colorado blows it
Democrats ramming their so-called “Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act” through Colorado's Legislature, which they control, seek to destroy time-tested electoral principles and procedures — and are inviting massive voter fraud and intimidation — for political gain.
The Washington Free Beacon reports the bill would:
• Eliminate local polling places and require voting be done by mail. Never mind secret ballots' necessity for free and fair elections — or increased ease of voter intimidation, which a Colorado watchdog group says has already happened in a local-level, mail-in recall election.
• Allow people to register on the same day they vote. Never mind rampant same-day registration fraud in Minnesota and Wisconsin — or a Milwaukee police report that blamed this practice for felons voting illegally, others voting twice and more votes than voters being recorded in a 2004 election.
Never mind, too, that Coloradans rejected both mail-in ballots and same-day registration in a 2002 referendum — by 20 percentage points. Or that, as Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler points out, the bill allows his office just 3 1⁄2 months to implement technology it doesn't have.
Democrat Gov. John Hickenlooper ran as a moderate and has been mentioned as a potential presidential candidate. If he signs this bill, he'll endorse his party's cynical, self-serving trashing of election fundamentals — and encourage widespread voter fraud and intimidation.
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