Perhaps you saw the video of the young woman who claimed "We're working for the County Clerk's Office" while standing outside a supermarket. She also told the woman who taped her, "Well, I'm actually trying to register people for a particular party. Because we're out here in support of Romney, actually."
Of course, she wasn't working for the County Clerk's Office in El Paso, Colorado. In fact, she was working for Strategic Allied Consulting.
The Colorado Republican party spent more than $400,000 — more than half their overall budget over two months this summer — with a consulting firm they signed on to register voters that has now under suspicion of fraudulent activity.They spent half their budget on voter registration. But we're supposed to believe that this girl was an anomaly and that everybody else they sent out to register voters played by the rules, were properly trained, and this one young woman was the only one out there trying to only register Republicans.
Colorado GOP Chair Ryan Call fired D.C.-based Strategic Allied Consulting Thursday after hearing about problems discovered by a Florida elections clerk.
Colorado's Republican party spent $140,000 in June with the firm and $326,000 in July for "voter contact," according to the Federal Elections Commission.
The company has been working for the GOP since June and we're also supposed to believe that what's been found in 10 counties in Florida, hasn't been found at all in Colorado.
A spokesman for Colorado's Secretary of State Scott Gessler said there were ample checks and balances when voter registration forms are turned into county clerks offices — including residential address checks and ensuring names match drivers license numbers.Does that make you feel reassured? In Florida elections officials have found fraudulent applications and flagged them. But in Colorado they aren't having to flag any applications at all? Is this because the problem in Colorado isn't that fraudulent registrations have been submitted, but because submitted registrations aren't being recorded?
And now he has to deal with hundreds of unknown voters who used the Secretary of State's new mobile website. Over a period of eleven days this month, the system appears to have failed to actually register those who used it. For that reason, 779 voters apparently have no way of knowing they aren't actually registered, Gessler's office doesn't currently have any way to identify them or let them know they should register again.For months we've been fighting the GOP voter suppression efforts, and now this. I just have to keep remembering what Nancy Pelosi said, “Don't agonize; organize.”
Scott Gessler office's latest glitch: 800 voters who recently registered may not be, Denver Westword Blogs