(July 6) – Black legislators in Colorado are calling on the state’s secretary of state to refuse a sweeping request for voter information from a presidential commission examining discredited claims that there was massive voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election.
In a letter being sent today, the Black Democratic Legislative Caucus of Colorado is urging Secretary of State Wayne Williams to resist the commission’s request for “personal, confidential voter information” and any efforts to restrict voter access.
“While Trump and Republicans in Washington continue to peddle this false narrative of illegal votes in the 2016 presidential election, this request is simply another form of voter suppression,” said state Rep. Leslie Herod, D-Denver, a member of the Black Caucus. “Colorado voters should always have access to fair and secure elections. I hope Secretary Williams will refuse the commission’s request for anything beyond public record and show Washington that Coloradans want to encourage voter participation, not hinder it.”
“The Black Caucus has legitimate concerns that the presidential commission’s overreach could ultimately lead to restricted ballot access and voter suppression,” said Speaker Crisanta Duran, D-Denver. “I and other members of the legislature, including the Black Caucus, look forward to continuing our work with Secretary Williams to protect the integrity of Colorado’s election system.”