Bernie Buescher’s actions on voting may cost him votes in November
Whoever is e-mailing Secretary of State Bernie Buescher his marching orders needs to rethink his direction, as it looks possible Buescher might end up losing his second election in a row.
Most here remember the biggest upset in the 2008 election, when Democratic House District 55 incumbent Rep. Buescher lost to underfinanced underdog Laura Bradford. Many in the district seemed to feel Buescher was more receptive to ideas from the Democratic National Committee or Gov. Bill Ritter than his constituents and, like an old sofa cushion, he often retained the imprint of the last person who sat upon him.
After his loss, the ex-representative hightailed it to the governor’s office and asked to be appointed to the vacated secretary of state position, which opened when the former occupant, Mike Coffman, was elected to Congress.
Gov. Ritter, exercising his talent for choosing the worst of several possibilities, placed Buescher into the position.
Buescher then took it upon himself to latch onto a series of voting “improvements,” which read like the talking points for a group called the “Secretary of State Project” (which is supporting Buescher this election), another of radical billionaire George Soros’ creations. This one is seeking to place “progressive” Democrats in swing-state secretary of state offices because the position controls the mechanism of voting in their jurisdictions.
Helping to draft possible legislation, Buescher suggested such things as same-day voter registration, sending mail-in ballots to active and inactive voters and allowing third parties to deliver completed ballots — all mechanisms known to kick the door open for the possibility of voter fraud or at least highly confusing elections that need to be ruled upon by the secretary of state.
Upon word of this draft bill, the sky opened up and fell on Buescher, who claimed the bill had been vetted by the various county clerks. When that maneuver was found to be incorrect the proposed bill just went away.
More recently, Buescher asked the Department of Defense for a waiver of the federal Military and Overseas Voter Empowerment Act (called the Move Act) which was signed in October 2009 and requires overseas military personnel be dispatched ballots within 45 days of the general election so they receive them in time for the November vote.
Buescher issued an opinion piece indicating he believed Colorado’s primary was too late in the year to give sufficient time to have ballots printed and mailed to our overseas military personnel. Therefore he would seek a waiver for Colorado.
In July, members of the state Legislature caught wind that he was preparing to ask for a waiver on this important topic and sent him a letter pointing out the legislation had been signed prior to the 2010 state legislative session but they were unaware of attempts by Buescher to work with legislators to bring the state into compliance.
The secretary sniffed he had written an “editorial piece” explaining his position (a letter to the media sufficing for legislative consultation) and he had made a presentation to the State Affairs Committee saying he would be applying for a waiver and ask the Legislature to move the state primary in the 2011 session.
He then used the legislators’ anxiety to draft a letter to supporters complaining that “… Now the attacks against me have begun.”
In passing, one wonders what happened to the 2010 legislative session, I think I saw something about it in the newspaper.
Scott Gessler, the Republican candidate for secretary of state, points out it is only a matter of printing ballots 12 days earlier to comply with this act and seven states with primaries later than Colorado, including Maryland and New Hampshire, which have theirs on Sept. 14, did not apply for a waiver.
Buescher’s waiver request was denied Aug. 25, with the Department of Defense finding that “Colorado’s primary election of August 10, 2010, does not create an undue hardship that prohibits the state from complying…”
Perhaps this is why a poll released Tuesday by Colorado-based Magellan Data and Mapping Strategies showed Gessler leads the appointed secretary by 6 points.
An informed electorate is a dangerous thing for some.
Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong.