State of Colorado opposes request to restore voter list
DENVER, Colorado “-State Attorney General John Suthers asked a judge Tuesday to deny a request to reinstate thousands of voters whose names were removed from state records.
Colorado Common Cause, Mi Familia Vota Education Fund and the Service Employees International Union filed a lawsuit last week against Secretary of State Mike Coffman alleging violations of the National Voter Registration Act. The lawsuit said the state illegally removed an estimated 26,931 names from voter rolls between July 31 and Oct. 31, within 90 days of a federal general election.
In court documents filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, Suthers opposed the groups’ request to reactivate those voters.
He said some names in question were removed because voters had moved or were registered more than once. The state also removed names of people who died, were convicted of a felony, or had asked for their names to be removed. Suthers contended that the voter registration act doesn’t preclude corrections to voter rolls within 90 days of a general election.
The groups said Coffman removed the names of 3,291 people because election notices that were sent to them were returned as undeliverable within 20 days after they registered. Suthers said those voters can still cast provisional ballots that will be counted if the voters can present an address that matches the one listed on their voter applications.
“In short, no eligible Colorado voter will be denied the right to cast a ballot in this election and have it counted,” Suthers wrote.
He argued that reinstating voters with early voting already under way would threaten the integrity of the statewide voter registration database.
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