Proposal Would Require Proof Of Citizenship To Vote

DENVER (CBS4)- A divisive proposal at the State Capitol would require Coloradans to show proof of citizenship to vote.

The question is already on the registration form, but some lawmakers believe not everyone tells the truth.

The bill backed by Sen. Ted Harvey was discussed in committee Wednesday afternoon. It proposes that people registering to vote prove they are a U.S. citizen by showing a U.S. passport or state-issued birth certificate.

“Right now, we don’t require that. All you have to do is check a box certifying that you are a citizen of the United States,” said Sen. Ted Harvey, a Republican from Douglas County.

Secretary of State Scott Gessler supports the bill. His office compared the driver’s license database to the voter registration database and found 16,000 people, in the U.S. legally but not citizens, are registered to vote.

“When there’s 16,000 people, that’s a big number and I think it shows a problem,” said Gessler.

Opponents believe the bill would exclude the elderly and low income families who can’t afford the necessary documentation.

“A passport costs $135, and that’s not even the shipping and handling. For a birth certificate issued by the state, that’s about $40,” said Jessie Ulibarri with the ACLU of Colorado.

Gessler said it’s about making sure the voter pool is not diluted and the integrity of the voting system is not harmed.

“We should strive for some kind of compromise so that we have secure voter roles and that it doesn’t impede people from voting,” said Gessler.

A Senate Committee killed the bill Wednesday afternoon, but backers said they’re taking their fight to the house.

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  1. ROBERT (BOB) RICHARD GETZ says:

    let everyone probe their citizenship to vote…they should have no rights at all id they do not want to be Americans. mexico does not accomodate us as Americans and do us any FAVORS…Why is it our Legislators permit such ATROSICITIES IN OUR GOVERMENT??? How is it that non-americans get money and pensions and benefits and they are not CITIZENS…WAKE UP AMERICA…WE ARE IN A BUDGET CRUNCH?? lets us all help REDUCE IT BY DOING THE ABOVE REDUCTIONS.

  2. ROBERT (BOB) RICHARD GETZ says:

    YES, ALL STATE AND FEDERAL GOVERMENT LEGISLATORS, SENATORS, CONGRESSMAN IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, SHOULD BE ASHAMED THAT THEY HAVE SUPPORTED BENEFITS TO NON- CITIZENS LIVING IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA AND RECEIVE ALL THIS MONEY, FOOD STAMPS, ALL OF IT SHOULD BE IMMEDIATELY CUT OFF AND THEN WE WOULD SEE IF OUR LOYAL IMMIGRANTS ARE WANTING TO BELONG TO THIS COUNTRY, OR JUST WANT THE FREE RIDE THEY ALL ARE GETTING. WE WILL SOON SEE THAT THEY GO BACK TO MEXICO, NIGERIA OR WHERE EVER THEY ARE CITIZENS AND REJOIN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES.

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