Scott Gessler Wants To Require Photo ID, Proof Of Citizenship To Register

11/18/2010 06:46 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Republican Secretary of State-elect Scott Gessler is wasting no time in staking out controversial positions. In an interview with conservative blog WhosaidYousaid, Gessler said he'd prefer to see a requirement that Colorado voters present a photo ID as well as proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.

He did, however acknowledge that both requirements are unlikely to be enacted, as they would require legislative approval. This is unlikely, given the fact that Democrats control the State Senate and Republicans the State House.

Republicans have long pushed for stricter voter registration requirements, arguing that these will protect against voter fraud. Democrats have virulently opposed efforts at making photo ID and proof of citizenship a requirement for registration, and have generally sought to make the voter registration process more accessible.

"Colorado did not experience the vast voter fraud perpetrated by ACORN 'community organizers' across the nation in 2008 but [then Democratic House] Speaker [Terrance] Carroll seems intent on making sure it will happen in Colorado in 2010," Republican Party Chair Dick Wadhams charged in April in response to a Democrat-sponsored piece of legislation that would have allowed same-day voter registration.

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