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DENVER (LifeSiteNews) – The Colorado Secretary of State’s office announced last week that it had sent out to 30,000 resident noncitizens postcards encouraging voter registration.

In a statement to the press, a spokesman for Colorado Democrat Secretary of State Jena Griswold said, “The Department has become aware that approximately 30,000 EBU [eligible but unregistered] postcard mailers were incorrectly sent to ineligible Coloradans … The office is taking an internal review of the incident and will take any corrective action that is warranted.” 

Griswold’s office stated that the postcards were sent on September 27 and that the error occurred when Department employees compared a list of 102,000 people from the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), an interstate organization dedicated to encouraging people to register to vote and improving voting rolls, to a list of Colorado residents issued driver’s licenses. The list of Colorado residents, provided by the Colorado Department of Revenue, did not include formatting that distinguished between noncitizen residents with driver’s licenses and citizen residents, Griswold’s office maintains 

The postcards sent by the Colorado Department of State explicitly mark the requirements for registering to vote, including being over the age of 18, being a U.S. citizen, and being a resident of Colorado for at least 22 days before the next election, Colorado Public Radio reported. The postcards also direct the recipient to register to vote online at a provided website.  

The Secretary of State’s office says that it is not aware of any noncitizens who attempted to register and that, if any such attempt were made, Colorado’s online voting registration system would reject the application. 

The office is now in the process of contacting the noncitizens who received the postcard to inform them that only those who meet the requirements can register to vote. It also maintains that it will implement new policies to help to stop further incidents.  

“The Department will also compare the list of approximately 30,000 individuals who incorrectly received the EBU mailer postcard to the statewide voter list on a daily basis to ensure none of those individuals register. County clerks refer illegal registrations to their local district attorney for review,” said a spokesperson for Griswold’s office. 

This is not the first time the Colorado Department of State has made a mistake about contacting people to register to vote. In 2020, a similar mailing was sent to resident noncitizens and to the dead, provoking calls for a federal investigation. 

Griswold is up for reelection in November and frequently mentions her national advocacy for secure elections, Fox News reported. She faces Republican Pam Anderson, a former county clerk, head of the state’s county clerks association, and an advocate for the state’s all-mail voting system. 

Colorado is a founding member of ERIC, which consists of at least 30 other states and the District of Columbia. According to Colorado’s contract with the interstate organization, Colorado must contact eligible voters who do not appear on voter registrations to encourage them to register to vote.  

Louisiana left the organization in January after Secretary of State Kyle Ardoin read about allegations made against ERIC of “potential questionable funding sources and that possibly partisan actors may have access to ERIC network data for political purposes, potentially undermining voter confidence,” according to a press release from his office. 

The postcards were sent in a time when mistrust of voting integrity persists in the wake of the 2020 election 

In April, a government watchdog released a report that flagged over 60,000 North Carolina voter registrations ahead of the November midterms. 


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