The Potential for Voter Fraud Increases with HB 1164
February 21, 2014|Posted in: Blog Posts
Surprise, surprise. Governor Hickenlooper broke yet another promise. Only a few days ago, the Yuma Pioneer reported he would veto any bill that didn’t have bipartisan support:
“He [Hickenlooper] said he has told current legislative leadership that the legislative process must be fair and that legislation passed without all parties being allowed to participate will face a certain veto from him this year.”
But that promise didn’t even last a few days, because HB 1164 had no such support. It was rammed-through the Colorado Legislature with a series of party-line votes, and at a pace that left Republican legislators panting for breath. I was on the floor of the Senate when I saw that process happening, and one of our Senators described it to me as a last-ditch effort by Dems (who know they are about to lose the Senate) to ram-through their dream-bills while they still can.
In case you haven’t had time to follow HB 1164, let me condense it for you. If you remember the “Election Modernization” bill from last year (HB 1303), which paved the way to unprecedented voter fraud, then you have already seen most of what is in HB 1164. But HB 1164 expands those same terrible ideas down to municipal and special district elections.
Jon Caldara showed us last year the potential for fraud in HB 1303 by making a very public show of going to vote (without actually casting a ballot) in the recall election in El Paso County (where he does not live). He could do that because this law says that a voter only need “intend” to live somewhere to vote there. Even the laughable requirements of a utility bill demonstrating a tenuous “residency” had now been discarded.
Now, the fraudulent voters may be eventually caught (unlikely) and prosecuted (even more unlikely), but since we cannot by law associate any particular voter with any particular ballot cast… the election stands. The bottom line is that any election can be effectively stolen by the party willing to bus people to polling places where they can there express their requisite “intent”.
In the 2012 elections we saw busloads of “voters” show up at polling places on election day to vote. That was very disturbing. First of all, if these voters are local to that polling place, they probably don’t need to get there in a huge bus. Secondly, why didn’t they have a mail-in ballot? Could it be that they didn’t have an address in the district so that mail might arrive at their door? And then it just gets worse from there.
The phrase “stealing elections” is not merely limited to the larger elected positions. It now begins at the municipal and special district level as well.
We need common sense leadership in Colorado. Together we can do it.