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BUSINESS FILING FEES
Day-to-day operations of the Colorado Secretary of State's Office are almost entirely funded through revenues collected from business and other filing fees that are, nevertheless, amongst the lowest in the nation. For the fiscal year 2022/23, most of these fees will be reduced to $1 and the Governor’s Office of State Planning and Budgeting has agreed to backfill the lost revenue by transferring $16.71 million in taxpayer dollars from the General Fund to the Secretary of State's Office. The recently introduced HB22 is the House's efforts to step in line with the wishes of the Secretary of State and the Governor.
Because of the existing legislature, Colorado is a vote-by-mail state. Of the 3,291,548 votes cast at the November 2020 election, only 6% were in-person votes. By way of comparison, of the 1,556,773 votes cast at the November 2021 election, just 1.3% were in-person votes. According to the State Election Director, in November 2020 there were 3,803,762 registered voters in Colorado. This number increased to 3,888,718 (2.23% increase) by November 2021. But according to the State Demographer, Colorado's population only grew by 0.8% during the same time frame.
“Curiouser and curiouser!” Cried Alice (she was so surprised, that for the moment she quite forgot how to speak good English).”
On 08/16/21, a Federal Court ruled that a lawsuit (still ongoing) filed by Judicial Watch in 2020 can proceed against Colorado officials to force a cleanup of the state’s voter rolls. Judicial Watch alleges that the voter rolls in Colorado are amongst the "dirtiest" in the nation. Data that Colorado itself provided to the federal Election Assistance Commission apparently shows that the state was lagging in the processing and removal of ineligible registrations belonging to those who had moved out of state. Because of the automatic DMV voter registration law in Colorado, the electoral rolls are also full of non-citizens and many underage individuals.
The Federal Government’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CSIA) filed a brief on 02/10/22 in federal court to keep an expert report that exposes exploitable vulnerabilities in Dominion voting machines from the public over concerns bad actors could obtain the info.
Former CISA Direct Chris Krebs had previously told members of Congress this was the most secure election in U.S. history.
The expert report by Prof. Alex Halderman says otherwise.
Sadly, bad actors are already aware of those vulnerabilities and have likely already exploited them in states like Georgia and Colorado.
SPYING ON COLORADANS
Last year, the Colorado Secretary of State arranged for a “national organization” to pay for a private, four-person security detail to protect her although those plans ran foul of the state's Independent Ethics Commission, which concluded that having a private firm pay for personal security would violate state ethics rules for public officials.
Undeterred, the Secretary of State has asked Colorado taxpayers to pay for her private security goons. She has also demanded additional funding to spy on the social media accounts of EVERY Colorado resident under the guise of checking for "potential threats" against state election officials. The additional funding has already been approved by the Colorado House and is making its way through the Senate, where it is likely to be approved.
In 2018, there were 549,181 immigrants (foreign-born individuals like myself) living in Colorado, approximately 10% of the population at the time. Some 247,015 immigrants (45%), including myself, had become U.S. citizens and earned the right to vote. Although 146,382 (27%) were eligible to become naturalized U.S. citizens, they had not yet chosen to do so. This means that in 2018, Colorado had 302,166 non-citizen residents, a number likely to be higher today because of porous southern borders.
Colorado's inane automatic voter registration law doesn't require proof or evidence of citizenship to register to vote. As a result, it is likely that MANY non-U.S. citizens vote each election cycle in Colorado.