Denver Clerk and Recorder Debra Johnson may send ballots to inactive voters, a district court judge ruled this afternoon.
Laura Clawson had a diary that laid out the fact that our Republican Secretary of State, Scott Gessler, has tried to stop ballots from going out to anyone that did not vote in the 2010 election and did not respond to a postcard asking if they wanted a November 1, 2011 election.
Those voters — about 54,357 in Denver county, or about 12 percent of all registered voters — are voters who didn't vote in the 2010 general election or any subsequent election. They also failed to respond to postcards from their clerk and recorder asking whether they want a ballot for the Nov. 1 election.
A judge ruled today that ballots could be mailed out to these voters. This battle is not over and we must not let this ruling give us a false sense of security. The state of Colorado is a state that can tilt either way in an election. We must stay vigilant and support the lawsuit from Denver and, now, Pueblo counties.
Maps provided by the Denver clerk's office show that the precincts with the highest concentration of inactive voters also are those with the highest concentration of Hispanic and African American residents.
Those neighborhoods include Globeville, Elyria/Swanssea, Lincoln Park, Sun Valley and parts of Montbello.
Two Democratic Congressmen also have asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether Gessler's actions violate the Voting Rights Act, which prohibits election procedures that may discriminate based on race.
Scott Gessler is slime of the first degree and his clear intent is to disenfranchise voters here, especially members of the military and our large Hispanic population that tend to vote with the Democrats.