CO Secretary of State-Elect Gessler wants lawmakers to take up photo ID

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December 3, 2010

By Kyle Maichle

DENVER, Colorado: Colorado Secretary of State-Elect Scott Gessler is urging lawmakers to consider Voter ID legislation when the General Assembly begins its new session in January.[1]

Colorado currently requires voters to show some type of identification before casting a ballot. Under the law, voters must present one of ten acceptable forms of identification before going to the polls.[2] However, the requirements range from a driver's license to an utility bill. An elector who cannot produce any of the acceptable forms of identification must cast a provisional ballot. In order for a provisional ballot the be counted, a elector must send a photocopy of their identification to their county clerk.[2] Colorado is one of 18 states that require voters to show identification before voting, but do not strictly mandate the use of photo identification.[2]

Gessler wants Colorado to join eight other states that require voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot. The Secretary of State-Elect told KUSA-TV in Denver that: "you want to make sure the people who are voting are who they say they are, same with those who register to vote...photo identification doesn't solve every problem but it's certainly an anti-fraud tool that should be used here in Colorado." Also, Gessler said that any voter ID bill introduced by the General Assembly must have a provision to allow citizens that don't have access to identification to get one at little or no cost."[1]

Other states that are pursuing to pass voter identification laws in 2011 include Arizona, North Carolina, Texas, and Wisconsin.[3][4][5][6]

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