You’d think this would be considered a totally reasonable thing to verify, but INS disagrees. I wonder why?
The roughly 4,500 names the state wants verified are people who provided a noncitizen document — such as an alien-registration card, or “green card” — when they applied for a Colorado driver’s license and who also are registered to vote.
About 2,000 of those people have cast ballots in recent elections, spokesman Rich Coolidge said.
My guess – and I could be totally wrong on this – is that someone who actually went to the trouble of becoming a citizen would appreciate that Gessler is trying to protect what they worked so hard and waited so long for. Calling this voter intimidation is pretty silly; we’ve got five months before our next general election, so trying to clear this up now rather than waiting until the election and turning the voters away at the polls* just makes good sense.
*Believe me, it could be done, and it wouldn’t even reflect poorly on the Secretary of State’s office if it were done properly. All it would take is giving a list of the questionable voters in a particular precinct to the pollwatchers for that precinct and telling them to watch the voter book like a hawk for when these people show up, and then issue a challenge.