Democrat Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office has sent 30,000 voter registration notices to non-residents, fueling concerns about election integrity in the state, especially since it’s not the first time Griswold’s office has come under scrutiny for its postcard program.
Colorado Public Radio broke the story about the latest incident last Friday (October 7), noting that Griswold’s office has acknowledged the misstep:
“The postcards were mailed to residents last week who had non-citizen Colorado driver's licenses. The state sends postcards every two years to Coloradans it believes are eligible to vote but not yet registered. In big letters on the front it read, ‘Make sure your voice is heard this November.’ It then directs people to Register to VOTE today at www.GoVoteColorado.gov.’
“The Department has become aware that approximately 30,000 EBU [Eligible But Unregistered] postcard mailers were incorrectly sent to ineligible Coloradans,” said a spokesperson for the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.”
The notices were printed in both Spanish and English.
“Jena Griswold continues to make easily avoidable errors just before ballots go out,” Colorado Republican Party Chair Kristi Burton Brown said in a statement released Monday.
“The news comes amid widespread distrust of voting integrity following the 2020 presidential election,” Fox News reports.
Before the 2020 elections, CBS4 caught Griswold’s office sending voter registration notices to both non-citizens and deceased individuals.
This year, the 30,000 postcards were sent to non-citizens because the system used to generate the mailing doesn’t enable the Department of State to identify non-citizens, U.S. News and World Reports explains:
“That Department of Revenue driver's license list includes residents issued special licenses for people who are not U.S. citizens. But it didn't include formatting information that normally would have allowed the Department of State to eliminate those names before the mailers went out, Griswold’s office said Monday.”
Colorado not only issues driver’s licenses to non-citizens, it also automatically registers voters when they obtain their licenses.