ACLU: Legal Voters Got Letters Questioning Status

Nearly 4,000 People Got Letters Asking To Prove Citizenship

The American Civil Liberties Union says it is being contacted by U.S citizens who received letters from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler questioning their right to vote.

The ACLU's Colorado branch said Tuesday the voters are among the nearly 4,000 people who Gessler sent letters to earlier this month asking them to voluntarily withdraw their registration or prove their citizenship.

The ACLU provided three names of people who are naturalized citizens from Canada, Venezuela, and Germany. It wasn't immediately known how many others contacted the ACLU.

Gessler's office says only those who voluntarily withdraw are having their registration canceled. His office is having a hearing Wednesday to talk about a process for those who don't respond.

Gessler has also begun using a federal database he says will help verify citizenship status.

AP Study Finds Few GOP Voters On List

The Associated Press reported Monday Democrats and independent voters got 86 percent of the requests to withdraw from voting rolls if they're not citizens.

The breakdown renewed skepticism that Gessler has a political motivation in sending the letters.

A Gessler spokesman says he did not look at party registration when sending the letters.

Of the nearly 4,000 who received them, 1,566 were Democrats, and 1,794 were unaffiliated. Another 486 were Republicans. The remainder went to smaller political parties.

Gessler sent letters earlier this month to registered voters suspected of being ineligible to vote because they presented documents showing that they were not citizens, such as a green card, when applying for a driver's license.