Attorney General supports Secretary of State on “check box” registrations
Tuesday, October 28, 2008 at 10:53 am
Attorney General John Suthers weighed in on Colorado’s contentious voter registration issue yesterday, saying that Secretary of State Mike Coffman was correct in ordering counties to reject incomplete registration forms with the so-called “check box” problem, according to The Denver Post.
As many as 10,000 would-be voters in the state accidentally neglected to check a box on their registration forms to indicate they did not have a state driver’s license or ID and would use the last four digits of their Social Security number as identification instead. Clerks in Larimer and Jefferson counties absorbed the incomplete forms into their rolls, even though Coffman said that applicants needed to cure their registrations before being placed into the voter database.
Coffman was widely criticized for his unyielding stance by voter rights groups who said the minor technical mistake would potentially disenfranchise voters.