Colo. bill would require citizenship proof to vote

DENVER — Republicans are pushing a proposal to allow the Colorado’s secretary of state to eject voters who can’t prove they’re citizens.

House Bill 1252 will be heard Wednesday. It requires the secretary of state to compare voter rolls with state and federal agency records to determine if registered voters are U.S. citizens. When someone’s citizenship is in doubt, they would get a letter and have 90 days to submit a birth certificate or other proof. They’d be ineligible to vote if they don’t comply.

Republican Secretary of State of State Scott Gessler says people who are not U.S. citizens are registered to vote and the bill would help find how widespread the problem is.

Similar legislation from Republicans to require proof of citizenship to vote has failed in the Democratic-controlled Senate.


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