Colorado has 11,800 listed non-citizen voters

DENVER — Nearly 12,000 registered voters in Colorado are listed as non-U.S. citizens, the secretary of state’s office says.

Spokesman Rich Coolidge said Wednesday it’s unknown how many of those voters actually are not citizens, but the issue isn’t likely to affect any race. The voters failed to check a box affirming that they are citizens when they registered.

Coolidge said no effort is made to track down these cases because voters also must sign a document saying they are U.S. citizens. It’s a felony for non-citizens to sign that document.

State voter rolls list 8,736 active voters as non-citizens and 3,106 inactive voters — those who haven’t voted in recent elections — as non-citizens.

Colorado has nearly 3.3 million registered voters.

Gubernatorial candidate Tom Tancredo of the American Constitution Party has long campaigned for tougher immigration laws and enforcement. He said he was stunned by the non-citizen listings.

“I want to know why they are not required to fill in the box. That in itself should be a felony,” Tancredo said.


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