Letters from non-citizen voters

By Kelly Maher

RevealingPolitics.com has obtained copies of letters and requests to the Colorado Secretary of State and county clerk and recorders via open records request over the last few years from non-citizen voters asking to be removed from voter rolls. In order to register to vote, one must be a U.S. citizen, yet there is no current mechanism to ensure that law is enforced. The “motor voter” laws, created to boost voter registration and encourage civic participation, may have the unintended consequences of increasing voter registration among those legally ineligible to cast a ballot.

In Colorado, non-citizens can obtain U.S. driver’s licenses and picture IDs without citizenship. Immigrants with work visas or “green cards” can take the driver’s test and receive photo identification just like a U.S. citizen. Of those who used non-citizen paperwork to obtain a driver’s license or photo ID, Colorado’s current Secretary of State Scott Gessler has identified 4,500 who also registered to vote. It’s not known what percentage of the voters identified by Gessler who used a “green card” to obtain a driver’s license and, then, used that license to then register completed the citizenship process between the two events, yet the letters we obtained conclusively show there are some people on the voter rolls who are not citizens. Gessler has called on the Department of Homeland Security to help him identify non-citizens on the rolls, but lefties are trying to stop him at every turn.

Highlights from the letters obtained include:

“I am a Legal Resident only, but the moment that I become an American Citizen I would register to vote. Until then I would like to clarify that I have never registered to vote and I would like to clear my record of such voter registration.”

“I don’t know why my name is affiliated to vote, maybe is a wrong person or maybe some body tray makeme a jokey[sic].”

One of the most telling, however said:

“My reason for this request is I’m trying to become a U.S. Citizen and I didn’t know I couldn’t vote or be registered to vote. I’m in need of your approval to grant my request. I am sorry about what I did.”

See the letters here.

This raises a question: for each of these letters and requests how many more voters are on Colorado’s rolls who registered illegally regardless of intent? One who doesn’t know they cannot be registered and then receives a ballot in the mail or visits his local polling place could unwittingly cast an illegal ballot. In the current political climate of narrow margins, Coloradans cannot afford for any illegal ballots to be cast.

Overall, this comes down to an issue of fairness. Is it fair to all the people who wrote these letters that some non-citizens may still be able to cast a ballot? Or to all the people who work for years to become U.S. citizens and cherish that first ballot they cast? What about all the citizens who want their voices to be heard via their vote? People casting ballots illegally diminish and dilute each ballot each of these people cast.