Grand Lake voter registration investigation is making even legitimate voters nervous
June 26, 2008
To the Editor:
After over two hours with representatives from the community, the county and the Secretary of State’s Office, the Grand Lake town clerk expressed her intention of proceeding with investigations into the 50 names she selected from the Grand Lake registered voter list.
Based on what the public officials had to say, such an investigation is, to say the least, unprecedented. The questions are: What were the criteria used to assemble this list? And are these people being contacted in order to have the opportunity to confirm their registrations?
The latter could save the town time, money and potential embarrassment. The county maintains its list with mailings and follow-up.
In fact, a regular audit of voter registrations seems like a good idea, but it can be done more openly, using broad and fair criteria. In the present circumstances of a hotly contested election, it is important to know that the clerk’s investigation is not a partisan targeting of part-time residents. It will be assumed to be just that, until proven otherwise.
I fear this activity is intimidating to qualified voters, who may not vote for fear of harassment. In addition, people may hesitate to legally register for the same reason, all of which could impact the general election.