Monday, November 3, 2008

Cease and Desist Order Issued Against Colorado's Voter Purge Efforts

Despite a high court settlement denouncing voter fraud claims from Colorado's Secretary of State, Mike Coffman, vote purging efforts have continued, drawing new ire from the federal courts.

Earlier today, Coffman told the Rocky Mountain News that the settlement "still allowed him to remove voters from the state rolls when he found duplicate names, people who moved or deceased voters." An interpretation voter rights groups have roundly dismissed.

"The Court unambiguously stated that Colorado's voter cancellation practices violated federal law," Myrna Perez counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice -- a party in the suit -- told TPMmuckraker. "The Secretary of State and Colorado counties must provide the agreed upon safeguards to protect the voters adversely affected by the illegal practices."

The suit against Coffman alleged that more than 35,000 voters were purged from the rolls based on a faulty system for identifying illegitimate voters, and within 90 days of the election -- both of which violate the federal Voting Rights Act.
Help counter the move to suppress the vote by signing up for 20min of phone calls to voters in Colorado today.

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