Does a new Colorado law invite voting fraud by allowing pretty much anyone the ability to print out legal ballots from home computers? That was the argument made by Fox News' Megyn Kelly this week in a video on view below. Only problem: It's not true -- and the person confirming it is none other than Secretary of State Scott Gessler, the Colorado official most identified with raising alarms about the possibility of such fraud. Photos, videos and details below.
See also the October 2012 post Scott Gessler's Office Shares Evidence of Voter Fraud in Colorado
The Kelly segment promoted Rocky Mountain Heist, a new documentary hosted by conservative pundit Michelle Malkin.
The trailer for the film, shared here, posits a conspiracy among a cabal of wealthy liberals such as Congressman Jared Polis to turn Colorado into a progressive bastion -- and Malkin suggests that these evil minions hope to employ their devious strategy to turn every other state in the country blue, as illustrated by this graphic.
Still, Kelly's comments in introducing the segment are getting plenty of attention, too, on liberal sites like this one. As you'll hear at the beginning of the video below, she says:
Breaking tonight: With two weeks 'til the midterm, we are getting warnings that a new law has opened the door to possible voter fraud in a critical Senate race that could decide the balance of power in Congress..... It was roughly sixteen months ago when the Democratic governor of Colorado signed a first-of-its-kind new election law -- a set of law that literally allows resident to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to "collectors" [this last word is accompanied by air quotes] in what appears to be an effort to do away with traditional polling places. What could go wrong?
Well, one thing could go wrong: if, for example, this was untrue.
That's the finding of 9News, which reportedly received numerous calls from Fox News viewers about the aforementioned law. So the station reached out to the office of Gessler, who made national headlines for his vigorous efforts to weed out fraudulent voters a couple of years ago.
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As you'll recall, the number of individuals that fit this description was exceedingly modest. Our Sam Levin noted in October 2012 that fourteen ineligible voters had been removed from the rolls due to Gessler's efforts -- and none of them had actually cast a ballot.
Here's the key excerpt from the 9News piece about Kelly:
Gessler's office told 9News that most Colorado voters can not print a ballot on their home printer and use it to vote.
There is one category of Colorado voters who can: those serving in the military.
Military members and overseas voters can get a ballot by e-mail, print it and return it with a signed affidavit by physical mail.
That system has absolutely nothing to do with the new election law. It was in place beforehand.
We haven't been able to find any retraction from Kelly or Fox News about her on-air assertion -- and no, we won't be holding our breath waiting for one.
Look below to see the Kelly segment as shared by Citizen United, the organization behind Rocky Mountain Heist, highlighted in the subsequent trailer.
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