Why thousands of Colorado voters are suddenly canceling their registration


Thousands of Colorado voters are in the process of canceling their voter registrations because Colorado says it will partially comply with a request to turn over public voter information to the Trump administration’s voter fraud commission.

As of Friday, 3,394 voters in Colorado have withdrawn their voter registrations.  When asked why, many cited a distrust of the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity.  Whatever the reason, election officials say they’ve never seen anything like it.

In a publicly released statement, Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams asked voters who withdrew their registrations to reconsider.

“It’s my hope that folks who withdrew their registration will re-register, particularly once they realize that no confidential information will be provided and that the parties and presidential candidates already have the same publicly available information from the 2016 election cycle.”

According to The Denver Post, county election officials say some people who are pulling their registration claim they were unaware of the amount of information that was already public under state law.

The Commission on Election Integrity asked all 50 states and the District of Columbia to provide it with all “publicly-available voter roll data.”  The information includes:

  • the full first and last names of all registrants
  • middle names or initials if available
  • addresses
  • dates of birth
  • political party (if recorded in the state)
  • last four digits of social security number if available
  • voter history from 2006 onward

Many states, including Arizona, which is traditionally conservative, are refusing to comply with either parts of, or all of the request.

Commission chairman and Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach questions whether the states are hiding something.

“Frankly, if a state like Kentucky or California won’t provide available information, one has to ask the question ‘Why not?,’” Kobach said in June. “What are they trying to hide if they don’t want a presidential advisory commission to study their state voter rolls?”

Trump asked a similar question via Twitter on July 1: “Numerous states are refusing to give information to the very distinguished VOTER FRAUD PANEL. What are they trying to hide?”

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