DENVER–There are problems associated with any election, but voter intimidation in Colorado doesn’t seem to be one of them.
Figures released Monday by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office show 804,124 voters have cast ballots to date in the 2012 election. Republicans continue to lead with 38 percent, with Democrats at 36 percent and unaffiliated voters at 26 percent.
In other words, if someone is trying to keep Colorado voters away from the polls, it’s not working. But you’d never guess that from the Monday editorial in The Denver Post, “Preying on voters in a tight election,” an exercise in hand-wringing over alleged episodes of voter intimidation in states like Florida, Virginia and Indiana that made no mention of the very real episodes of attempted voter fraud in Colorado.
As news outlets other than The Denver Post reported last week, Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler unearthed another 300 non-citizen voters after running 3,903 names through the federal database operated by the Department of Homeland Security.
That brings to 441 the number of illegal voters Gessler’s office has caught by checking names of those who presented non-citizen identification when registering to vote while getting their driver’s licenses. That means 17 percent of those identified as possible illegal voters were in fact illegal votes, a stunning percentage for which Gessler has received nothing but grief from liberal watchdog groups.
They charge that Gessler is trying to disenfranchise voters, a claim that The Denver Post appears to accept at face value, but lost in the din is the secretary’s incredibly successful voter-registration drive.
Launched in late August, the $1 million statewide advertising campaign, featuring information about Colorado’s state-of-the-art online registration system, brought the number of registered voters in Colorado from 3.23 million in 2008 to 3.6 million in 2012.
Was that mentioned in Monday’s editorial? Um, no.
Also overlooked was the actual violation of election laws that occurred last week in Larimer County, where a group of Democrats posted an Obama “2012″ banner just outside the early-voting center at Colorado State University, then offered free T-shirts and pizza to anyone who cast a ballot.
Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle shut down the illegal pizza extravaganza one day after detailed reports appeared in multiple state news outlets, but not The Denver Post, which apparently doesn’t consider voter bribery a big deal. The Post ran a four-inch wire story on the event as an afterthought in its online edition, and nothing on Doyle’s subsequent crackdown.
If the Post’s editorial writers want to understand what’s really going on with Colorado voting in the days leading up to the election, they might want to look beyond their own increasingly thin metro section. They’d learn that real Colorado voters aren’t easily intimidated.