Colorado Mailed 31,000 Foreigners Voter Registration Credentials

Colorado authorities continue to refuse to work with local municipalities after the secretary of state’s office issued more than 31,000 foreign citizens registration instructions for the 2022 midterm elections.

According to a recently published report by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), Deputy Secretary of State Christopher Beall declined to provide the identities of 54 foreign nationals who received voter registration mailings in Moffat County.


A representative for Beall informed a Moffat County official that possible legal difficulties must be overcome before lists of erroneous receivers in each county can be provided. He did not have a schedule for when these issues would be resolved, assuming they can be resolved at all.

Since the secretary of state’s office refuses to comply with state and local officials, there isn’t any way for them to determine if such ineligible persons voted unlawfully in the midterm elections of 2022.

According to The Federalist, the erroneous mailing was the consequence of Colorado’s membership in the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), a voter registration control system that apparently assists states in registering new voters.

Colorado is required by its membership agreement to mail at least one voter registration mailing to eligible individuals every election cycle.

ERIC generates a tally of eligible but unregistered (EBU) likely voters for each state by merging information from voter records, Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) records, and state agencies that execute voter registration tasks.

After compiling these lists, ERIC delivers them to the states, which utilize them for outreach about voter registration.

Database Error?

The office of Secretary of State Jena Griswold attributed the mailing issue to a database error involving the state’s list of people with driver’s licenses.

Nevertheless, ERIC freely discloses that it produces voter lists using DMV information. Foreign nationals may receive driver’s licenses in Colorado. Griswold asserted “none of the noncitizen drivers” would be allowed to register to vote if they attempted to do so.

Soon after, Griswold’s office attempted to correct its “error” by sending a second wave of postcards to receivers of the initial mailing, outlining the requirements to vote.

According to PILF, the office also “installed a device inside the online voter registration site to prohibit the 31,093 from accessing the system.”

In a statement, PILF President J. Christian Adams stated Colorado should not disclose voter registration records to foreign nationals. When they do, the general populace should have access to all information so that election officials may be held accountable.

Election transparency is vital. This farce should not occur just before a federal election. Understanding who is at fault and what went wrong is crucial for preventing a reoccurrence.

The PILF is now suing the Colorado Secretary of State for failing to disclose its voter list maintenance data with ERIC.

Annie Orloff of the secretary of state’s office did not reply to a request for information regarding whether any of the 31,000 receivers of the mailing participated in the general election in November.

This article appeared in NewsHouse and has been published here with permission.