Election Bill Passes after Democratic Senator Blasts “Gypsy Voter” Caldara

February 12, 2014

Ulibarri’s contentious voting bill passes the Senate.

Ulibarri’s contentious voting bill passes the Senate.

DENVER – The state Senate on Tuesday passed a controversial local elections measure after two days of spirited debate that began and ended with tirades by the bill’s sponsor Sen. Jessie Ulibarri demanding that the attorney general prosecute Independence Institute President Jon Caldara for voter fraud.

In an attempt to demonstrate that last year’s election reform law passed by Democrats was open to fraud, Caldara claimed his intent to move from Boulder to Colorado Springs, registered to vote and cast a blank ballot in the recall of ex-Senate President John Morse in September.

“We should all be enraged and livid about that,” said Ulibarri (D-Commerce City). “We should be ensuring that he is prosecuted to the full extent of the law for committing voter fraud.”

“What he did was deplorable,” Ulibarri said.

HB 1164, sponsored by Ulibarri and House Majority Leader Dickey Lee Hullinghorst (D-Longmont), creates the “Colorado Local Government Election Code” for municipal, special district and school district elections.

The bill was drafted to harmonize special district elections with HB 1303, which was passed last year to eliminate confusion over residency requirements, said Ulibarri.

Like HB 1303, the new local government code requires all-mail ballot elections and allows voters to register and cast a ballot on the day of the election. Eligible voters must live in the election district for 22 days and new registrants must attest to their residency and intent to live in the district or municipality.

Republican lawmakers didn’t like HB 1303 and even less its offspring that passed Tuesday, which deems the Secretary of State’s office won’t oversee the local elections, poll watchers must live in the district, elections may be run by contracted firms and property tax questions will no longer appear on the November general election ballot.

“We’re talking about voter fraud. We’re talking about how Jon Caldera committed voter fraud as a justification for this bill or why we should move forward with prosecution,” said Sen. Ted Harvey (R-Highlands Ranch), sounding incredulous. “Under (HB 1303) he did not commit voter fraud.”

According to the law passed last year, Harvey said, “anybody can legally manipulate the election process and vote somewhere where they really don’t have any intent to live. All they have to say is that I intend to live to here.”

Harvey said that problem and others could have been fixed last year, but Democratic senators rejected more than a hundred Republican amendments to HB 1303. And now, that bill’s flaws are rolled into HB 1164.

Minority Leader Bill Cadman was also steamed over Ulibarri casting dispersions on Caldara.

“Last time I looked I didn’t see where (Caldara) was charged or convicted, and I’m pretty sure we don’t have the authority to make those determinations as a senator or a lawyer or both,” said Cadman. “We can’t just stand up here and say that someone is a criminal as if it were so.”

Responded Ulibarri: “The majority leader is right. (Caldera) was not convicted; he was not even tried for that crime. But the facts indicate he intended to defraud our election system and he boasted of such on his radio show and on TV and in public.”

Calling it a conspiracy to commit election fraud, Ulibarri claimed that Caldara produced a fake lease as proof that he was living in the basement of former state Rep. Mark Barker’s home in Colorado Springs.

Ulibarri said he’d “love” to work with Democrats and Republicans to draft bills to increase penalties for voter fraud and abettors who “offer their basement as a fake residence.”

“We need to have a serious discussion about voter integrity, but that’s not in this bill,” said Ulibarri, who added that he felt “maligned here over and over” by Republican critics of HB 1164.

Caldara tweeted, “I wish to thank @jessie4CO, @hickforco and all the good lawmakers of the #coleg for expanding my legal voting rights.”

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11 Responses to Election Bill Passes after Democratic Senator Blasts “Gypsy Voter” Caldara

  1. Jeff Northrup
    February 12, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Another Dem who believes anything they dislike should also be illegal…they can’t distinguish between their whims and law.

  2. Luvanna
    February 12, 2014 at 1:04 pm

    Colorado voters – Remember in November and vote these liberal obstructionists out of office. Vote in those who love America and push for accurate and decent rules voters need to follow. I commend Caldara.

  3. John
    February 12, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    We will remember in November…

  4. John
    February 12, 2014 at 2:17 pm

    I think you meant “casting aspersions”, rather than “casting dispersions”.

  5. Bob S
    February 12, 2014 at 3:48 pm

    Remember, we now need new signs at Colorado’s borders stating “Welcome To Colorado, The Voter Fraud State”!

  6. Bob S
    February 12, 2014 at 4:05 pm

    “Fire The Liars in 2014″,including Ulibarri and Hullinghorst. Lets get some politicians in place who will support Coloradan’s with the integrity we want, deserve and demand! “FIRE THE LIARS IN 2014″, all of them!

  7. Jackson
    February 12, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Mr. Caldara has done an invaluable service to Colorado (and America) in exposing this Stalinist atrocity. In November, vote out those Communists who call themselves Democrats.

  8. Bob S
    February 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm

    We the people need to decide who can vote. Not these partisan politicians. Throw all of them out and keep them out. This is our country, not the politicians…..It’s ours! Lets keep it and reject anything that would keep it from changing.

  9. Dr Nick R.
    February 12, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    I thought my Sen was an idiot, but Uliberri makes him look like Lord friggin’ Acton.

    Note to self: Don’t move to Commerce City.

  10. Pokey
    February 13, 2014 at 11:26 am

    This is amazing. The Democrats are so desperate to improve their chances in upcoming elections that they will pass additional voting laws whose direct intention is to ENCOURAGE more voter fraud. Securing the franchise of all eligible citizens to vote is essential, but don’t cloak corruption under this guise. For all you bozos, who helped put these Communists in charge, it may be too late to remove them anyway. They are rigging elections in every way they can. Holder is now pressing for voting rights for convicted felons and illegal aliens under the guise of the voting rights act. Obama is using the IRS to harass political opponents and the NSA is storing all of our phone conversations. How long will it take before phone records and internet activities will be used by politicians to intimidate voters? The answer is we don’t have to wait to find out. This stuff is serious and all of you low information voters are responsible for all of it. Obama is, AND HAS ALWAYS BEEN, a puppet of the Communists and the majority of the Democrat Party is now controlled by them.

  11. Dan Defoe
    February 14, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    Liberals only like it when liberals commit voter fraud.


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