Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold said her office sent postcards that encouraged Colorado’s residents to register to vote, Fox News reported.
State Department employees looked at 102,000 residents whose names were given to them by the Electronic Registration Information Center—a non-profit organization from which most states receive notices about eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote.
The names that ERIC provided to Colorado’s SOS office matched with names in the Department of Revenue’s list of residents with drivers licenses.
But that driver’s license list did not have a normal formatting component that would have allowed employees to identify illegal aliens who received a license under a special program.
Those illegal aliens, though possessing a driver’s license, are not eligible to vote.
Griswold sent cards in both English and Spanish in a subtle attempt to encourage illegal aliens to unlawfully register to vote. The cards specify that only citizens aged 18 years or older can register to vote in Colorado.
She assured the public that non-citizens who tried to register to vote would be barred from doing so but that none, to her knowledge, had tried to register.
The State Department sent new notices to the 30,000 non-citizens, informing them that they do not have the right to register to vote.
Griswold said the State Department has taken internal precautions to prevent illegal aliens from voting, including daily comparisons of Social Security Numbers and voter applications.
She instructed county clerks to refer suspicious applications to their district attorneys.
Griswold is up for reelection in November.
Colorado Republican Party Chairwoman Kristi Burton Brown said Griswold should have prevented this mistake.
“Jena Griswold continues to make easily avoidable errors just before ballots go out,” she said.