Voting laws work fine, Buescher responds

Republican Scott Gessler’s insistence that there be higher standards to register to vote in Colorado misses the point, his opponent said.

If there are people who are ineligible to vote casting ballots, “Tell us, and we’ll prosecute them,” Bernie Buescher, the current secretary of state, said Friday.

Buescher, a Democrat, is seeking election in November against Gessler, a lawyer specializing in election law.

None of the six Republicans who preceded him as secretary of state sought to change the kinds of documents that potential voters can offer officials when they register to vote, Buescher said.

“Nobody has been able to supply a list, even one (voter)” of people casting ballots illegally, Buescher said.

People can look at the list of registered voters “and if they find someone who is not an eligible voter, we’ll deal with it,” he said. “But don’t scare voters into thinking there are problems with their elections.”

Older people in particular are fearful that requirements for photo identification or proof of citizenship will make it more difficult for them, he said.

His office found half a dozen people registered to vote in Colorado who are casting ballots in other states and has taken action against them, Buescher said.


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