They filled out the registration form as they were told, but now thousands of Colorado voters may not be allowed to vote. On Thursday, 16 October, a group gathered in front of Colorado Secreatary of State Mike Coffman’s office looking for redress to the denial of voting rights to people who didn’t check a confusing box on their voter registration form.
In Colorado, new voters can provide a Driver’s License Number or the last four digits of their social security number. However, if using their social security number, they must check a box saying they do not have a Driver’s License or official State ID.
Coffman, who is a Republican candidate for Congress in Colorado’s 6th District, has disallowed registrations that have a social security number but do not have the box checked.
Wade Norris of UltimatePolitics.net videotaped the testimonials of people who will not be able to vote or will not be able to vote absentee, as well as community organizers who recieved conflicting information about how to register voters (specifically about the check box) in trainings put on by the Secretary of State. That video is above.
The UpTake’s Corrine McDermid spoke to Rich Pelletier of America Votes after the rally. In the video below, he explains what’s going on and what’s at stake.