(Denver) - Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson criticized new election rules proposed by Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler. The proposed rules would actually prohibit county clerks from mailing ballots to inactive-failed-to-vote voters in a coordinated mail ballot election.
"You know, last year the Secretary of State tried to get an injunction to keep Denver from mailing ballots to inactive voters in the November election, and that effort failed in court. Given the fact that litigation is still pending, the Secretary is trying for an end-run around the court by enacting a rule", said Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson. "I am always against anything that makes it harder for eligible voters to vote. I’m all about making it easier to vote. Proposed rule 13.19 goes beyond interpreting existing law; it creates new law. This rule, if enacted, oversteps the Secretary’s authority to interpret existing laws and may create new barriers for voters instead of eliminating them."
The proposed new rules can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. http://www.sos.state.co.us/pubs/rule_making/files/2012/20120615_Elections_NoticeRulemaking.pdf