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Some voters in a predominantly
African-American precinct near Denver, Colorado, provided wrong
precinct address on their doorsteps on Election day
Protection Coalition, there is this incident:
Press story noted Election Protection's exposure of reported
voter supression tactics in Colorado:
Officials with the
Election Protection Coalition, a voter-rights group, also said
some voters in a predominantly black neighborhood north of Denver
found papers on their doorsteps giving them the wrong address for
Voting irregularities in
Colorado included incorrect instructions on absentee ballots and IDs
a report in the Denver
statewide problems ranging from provisional ballot problems to the
lack of clear and timely instructions about all the new election
The secretary of
state's election rules went through at least four different versions
this year before the final set of rules was issued on Oct. 22, less
than two weeks before Election Day. Similarly, the statewide
election judge training manual produced by the secretary of state's
office was not issued until a week before the election.
By that time, a
substantial portion of the state's 16,000 judges were already
trained, and many Coloradans had already cast their ballots during
county-level problems ranging from poor judge training to incorrect
interpretation of state law or rules. Denver improperly rejected
some provisional ballots cast during the primary. Many Denver
precincts ran out of voting materials hours before the polls closed,
leaving voters waiting in long lines while additional materials were
Many counties had
problems with absentee ballots. Denver sent 13,000 ballots late,
Saguache sent late ballots to nearly a third of that county's
voters. Instructions on absentee ballots were wrong in several
counties, including Denver and Adams. There were inexcusably long
lines for early voting in many counties, where clerks have
discretion to designate as many locations as they deem appropriate.
Finally, there was
the substantial counting problem experienced in Boulder that
resulted in state and national races decided days before the votes
from that county were included - giving voters there the
understandable feeling that their votes did not count.
Most prevalent were
precinct-level problems. Election judges in Boulder, Denver,
Jefferson, Douglas and Weld counties gave incorrect instructions to
voters about IDs, and more alarmingly, sent dozens of these voters
away without allowing them to cast ballots.
incorrectly told provisional ballot voters that they should only
vote for president. Some judges were still redirecting voters to
other polling places or clerks' offices minutes before the close of
polling instead of offering provisional ballots.
Colorado's Help America
Vote Act (HAVA) Compliance Director is a known racist - so much for
helping America vote
here's a report in the Rocky
Mountain Progressive Network:
HAVA compliance director.
You would expect this guy to be a rock -- somebody who will ensure
fair, equal access for all voters without favor or prejudice.
expect him to not be a stone-cold racist, right?
Check out these excerpts from an article that appeared in the Texas
Lawyer in October of 1994:
Shortly after Drew T.
Durham joined the Texas attorney general's office in September
1991, he and another assistant AG, Ray Buvia, met for a beer after
Buvia says as they
chatted, a young black lawyer, also new to the AG's office, walked
Durham, says Buvia,
asked, "How do you like our newest Sambo?"
with Durham -- who in three years with AG Dan Morales' office has
risen to criminal justice division chief and the lawyer in charge
of the state's death-penalty litigation -- wasn't an isolated
incident, according to five other lawyers who have worked with
Durham inside and outside the agency. They say Durham, a former
president of the Texas District & County Attorneys Association
who came to Morales' office after 12 years as a county attorney in
West Texas, has a history of racist and sexist comments.
County Commissioner Jimmy Snell, a non-lawyer who worked for
Durham in the AG's intergovernmental affairs division, said Durham
routinely told "nigger jokes." Snell, who is black, said
Durham has a widespread reputation in the agency for racist
Following along yet?
This gets better:
Buvia, who resigned
from the AG's office March 31 and now has a solo private practice
in Austin, said he also recalls Durham bragging on several
occasions, saying, "I told Dan Morales to his face -- 'Where
I come from Mexicans work for white men, not the other way
around.'" Another former assistant said he has also heard
Durham make this comment.
Keep reading, while
understanding how much power this man now wields, right here in
Colorado, over your vote:
Buvia, like other
former agency lawyers, doubts Durham ever told Morales any such
thing, even as a joke. Buvia said Durham was usually careful to
make racist comments only around men he thought might share his
around white men, he lets his true colors show," Buvia said.
A little outraged
yet? This Owens-crony Texas import has got some issues, for sure. Texas
Lawyer has more...ah, colorful viewpoints from Mr. Durham:
...in his comments
to a property rights gathering last month, Durham let loose with
anti-environment broadsides that current and Former assistant AGs
say speak volumes about his attitude and personality on a whole
range of issues. "There's no endangered species in Sterling
County because...we killed them all," he said.
And here's where it
gets really good -- but very chilling as well for our electoral
Durham also earned the
enmity of many in the civil rights community when he helped with
the internal investigation of Gary L. Bledsoe, a 14-year agency
veteran who also is Texas NAACP president. Morales suspended
Bledsot with pay earlier this year while the Travis Cotmty
district attorney's office investigated whether Bledose did NAACP
and Travis County Democratic Party work while on state time.
investigation cleared Bledsoe, but not before the NAACP leader,
tired of awaiting the results of an investigation he believed was
politically motivated, resigned from the agency.
Bledsoe, who has
filed a racial discrimination complaint against Morales with the
U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, said Oct. 18 that
the number of complaints he has heard about Durham's alleged
racial slurs makes it "quite ironic that he was originally
put in charge of the investigation into my work."
in this investigation raises questions about its nature and
validity," Bledsoe said.
does his presence in Colorado as head of the 'Help America Vote'
office raise questions about its nature and validity?
Voter registration fraud
involving non-partisan but left-leaning group ACORN reported in
Colorado; election officials downplay reports and suggest it is minor
and most of the issues are cases of multiple registration, and that
ACORN helped in the discovery of the fraud
at Dailykos, here is a report from the local
of the fraud has come from registration drives, where people at
grocery stores or on the streets ask you to sign up. 9News has
learned many workers have re-registered voters multiple times by
changing or making up information about them. 9News has documented
719 cases of potentially fraudulent forms at county election offices
show fraudulent names, addresses, social security numbers or dates
of birth in Denver, Douglas, Adams, Boulder and Lake counties.
Information from other counties is still coming in.
registration application forms are completely bogus. Others belong
to legitimate voters, who have had one or two facts changed that
could affect their registration when they show up at the polls
November 2nd. Tom Stanislawski registered to vote six years ago. But
this summer, someone signed him up again and changed his party
affiliation. "My concern would be I'd walk in November 2nd and
be unable to vote," he said.
Some of the
registration drive workers earn $2 per application or about $10 an
hour. One woman admitted to forging three people's names on about 40
voter registration applications. Kym Cason says she was helping her
boyfriend earn more money from a get-out-the-vote organization
called ACORN or Association of Community Organizations for Reform
Now. ACORN works with low or moderate-income families on housing
issues. Cason said her extra registrations earned her boyfriend $50.
Gerald Obi says
workers pressured him to keep registering to vote so they too could
earn extra cash. When asked how many times he had registered this
year, Obi said, "about 35 times."
director said they are victims of the fraud as well and told 9News
the group is cooperating with local investigators. Ross Fitzgerald
says the group has fired workers for the fraud. "Our goal is to
register as many people as we can," said Fitzgerald. "If
they're fraudulent, that hurts our numbers."
However, on the same issue, an ABC News
affiliate suggests that the problem is perhaps
being blown out of proportion:
"It's a handful of
people and we can address whatever comes up," said Larimer
County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle.
law attorney Steve Bachar said concerns may be getting blown out of
proportion because Colorado is considered a swing state in the
presidential election, because its U.S. Senate race could determine
political control of that body, and because those and other races
are expected to be close.
concerns about the election are intensive registration drives that
came up with tens of thousands of registration applications. The
Denver Election Commission received more than 10,000 first-time
registrations in September alone, spokesman Alan McBeth said.
In some cases, groups
paid workers according to how many people filled out applications.
Kym Cason said that
she registered 25 times and registered several of her friends 40
times to help her boyfriend, who earned $2 for each voter he
registered for the Association of Community Organizations.
registration applications likely will be thrown out because some
people who filled them out already were registered but may have
forgotten. A small percentage will be sent to the secretary of
state's office for investigation and possible prosecution by the
Clerk and Recorder Faye Griffin said investigating potential fraud
is well below getting through a backlog of registration applications
and absentee-ballot applications on her list of priorities.
Times article (via Dailykos),
also suggests that Colorado officials believe most of the
over-registration cannot really be called fraud unless there is false
information in the registrations.
At the same time,
some registration drives have collected applications and then failed
to submit them by the Oct. 4 deadline, prompting Secretary of State
Donetta Davidson to announce the use of provisional ballots last
Mrs. Davidson also sought to assuage fears of massive fraud by
pointing out that it was county clerks who had flagged the most
egregious cases appearing in recent press accounts.
"When people are told there are
hundreds of these cases, they don't realize that they were all
caught by the clerk and recorder and never made it through the
system," Mrs. Davidson said.
Most clerks and lawyers at the meeting
chalked up the fraud to overzealous registration workers trying to
earn some extra cash. Several of the state's independent
voter-registration groups paid their workers $2 per application and
set goals of 10 applications per hour.
Carole Snyder, the Adams County clerk and
recorder, said she received 42 applications for the same would-be
voter. Her office flagged the excess applications, each of which
contained the same information, and pared it down to one.
"Those are not really what I call
fraudulent, but are really just a pain in the neck," Mrs.
Boulder County Clerk and Recorder Linda
Salas said some people register repeatedly not with the intent to
vote more than once, but rather as Election Day insurance.
"A lot of times, people are registering
several times because, 'Oh, I can't remember if I registered,' or
'Maybe I should do it again, just to be sure,' " Mrs.
The clerks are referring cases that appear
to be blatant fraud, such as forged signatures, to the county
attorneys. Bill Ritter, the Denver district attorney, said his
office received 69 such cases from the county clerk last week.
But he said he saw no pattern of a
conspiracy to commit election fraud.
"We are not seeing some scam where
people are trying to corrupt the process," Mr. Ritter said.
"We're seeing people who are motivated by greed or
here's an update
in the Rocky Mountain News:
prosecutors charged two people Wednesday with falsely filling out
multiple voter forms to boost their pay in a paid registration
Monique Mora, 20, and
Pelonne Page, 21, both of Denver, were charged with six counts of
procuring false registrations, a misdemeanor with a maximum
punishment of up to 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine
Bill Ritter said the pair worked for the Association of Community
Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN, which is one of a
number of organizations that paid people to sign up voters this
drives helped drive the voter rolls up by more than 300,000 but have
spawned a number of investigations into fraudulent and duplicate
registrations and made some officials uneasy about the integrity of
the election process.
Criminal cases are
pending against four people for questionable registrations in the
metro area, and there may be more before investigations are
ACORN's regional director for election-related activities, said from
his Montana office Wednesday that the group is proud of having
signed 32,000 new voters in Colorado this year, but is sorry that
two of its people tried to pad their pay through phony
"We pay by the
hour, not the registration, and by duplicating about 30 cards, they
could justify billing us for hours they didn't work," he said.
Fleischmann said the
group has an internal audit and often catches cards with similar
names except for middle initials and that they're registered to the
same address or that the same name is spelled different ways.
"And when these
duplicates come through the board of elections office and are
processed, they are caught and we are advised by the local DA's
Ritter said that is
what happened in this case and ACORN was helpful in backtracking to
find out who the people involved were.
"There was no
indication that any of the people intended to vote more than
once," Ritter said.
"So far this
election, we have about 150 to 200 suspicious voter registration
cards, but no other charges have yet been filed," he said.
"We don't feel
there is any grand conspiracy out there to corrupt the outcome of
the election, but these simply were people wanting to make money
without doing the work."
GOP Secretary of State
blocks provisional ballot votes from being counted for House and
Senate races - making it harder for Democrat Ken Salazar to win the
at Dailykos, Colorado
Luis provides an update:
Here is a pretty
blatant attempt to help Peter Coors against Ken Salazar, and Bob
Beauprez against Dave Thomas, by using the machinery of the government
to disenfranchise voters: Republican Secretary of State Donetta
Davidson has announced that if a voter counts a provisional ballot,
even if the ballot is accepted only
the vote for president will be counted. If this rule had been in
effect in 2002, no provisional ballots would have been counted, and
Beauprez' narrow win over Mike Feeley in CO-7 would have been more
comfortable -- provisional ballots, usually cast by people who moved
shortly before the election (or who forgot to bring photo ID), heavily
favored the Democrat in that race.
determination faces an uphill battle in Denver District Court and the
Colorado Supreme Court, which is expected to rule before early voting
starts on October 18.
Colorado Common Cause
is suing to stop Davidson's order. You can act as well:
Donetta Davidson. Tell her how you feel about this decision.
894-2200, Option 3
FAX (303) 869-4861
newspapers and Colorado
television stations. Ask them to report on this issue. The
Denver Post already has; ensure that the rest do, too.
State Report notes this:
Colorado has joined
other states across the nation in experiencing a rush of election
related litigation and voting snafus. Early voting for the general
today, and this afternoon, a Denver
judge has ruled on a pending suit over various new election
rules from Republican Secretary of State Donetta Davidson.
The requirement that
ID be produced to vote was upheld. The judge also upheld a
controversial rule permitting provisional ballots cast in the wrong
precinct to be cast only for President, and not for other statewide
offices such as U.S. Senate, statewide ballot issues, and CU Regent
At Large. But, a rule which would have prevented voters who had
requested absentee ballots from casting a provisional vote even if
they swear that they didn't actually vote absentee was struck down.