Ballots began to hit voter’s mailboxes today in Colorado, and the fears of a stolen election by fraudulent votes is already a storyline for some. On Sunday John Fund sounded the alarm at National Review about the possibility of voter fraud in the highly contested Senate race between Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardSen. Mark UdallSenate Democrat AverageSee Full Scorecard0% and Rep. Cory Gardner (R-CO)Heritage ActionScorecardRep. Cory GardnerHouse Republican AverageSee Full Scorecard57%.
Last year Colorado passed a large overhaul of its voting regulations, creating an all mail ballot election with same day voter registration without a photo ID requirement. I, along with nearly every other Republican in the state, saw this as an attempt by the Democratic party to destroy the sanctity of the vote and open the door to massive voter fraud.
Just weeks away from the end of this election cycle, I can’t say that I am really concerned about rampant fraud. The biggest reason why I am not all that concerned is two fold. First, Gardner is extending his lead beyond the margin of fraud. Second, I have seen the process at work.
There is risk, but this is just incorrect and muddies the water unnecessarily: “Once a ballot cast under same-day registration is mixed in with others, there is no way to separate it out if the person who voted is later found ineligible. Other jurisdictions that have same-day registration, such as Washington, D.C., treat the vote as a provisional ballot pending verification. Colorado immediately counts the vote.”
A first time registrant does have to provide some form of ID, even if they register online. Granted, what constitutes ID is problematic to say the least, but there is still a requirement that must be met and a process to verify that it actually was.
For instance, new registrants receive a special return envelope with their ballot that is different than all other ballot return envelopes. In large type a notice is printed on the ballot return envelope which states that the ballot must be accompanied by proof of ID. This is an important step in the process. Once ballots come to the Election Center for processing these unopened envelopes are scanned in just the same as all others, but they are caught at the next step of the process called Signature …read more