Three state senators from Mexico – including one who introduced the country’s first tamper-proof voter identification cards when he was a governor – learned about transparency and bi-partisanship when they visited the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
All three are working on anti-corruption policies in their country, and were interested in the contention from SOS officials that while voter fraud does happen, it is rare and that Colorado has taken important steps to try to ensure election integrity. They also wanted to know how Colorado elections work.
“To vote is your right, but there is no restriction not to vote?” asked Sen. Maria Marcela Torres Peimbert.
Elections director Judd Choate told her she was correct, and added that Colorado has a high voter turnout, in part because the state is almost evenly divided between Democrats and Republicans. He also said registration can be done online.
“That’s fantastic,” said Sen. Ernesto Ruffo Appel.
After the visit, he said he was worried about relations between his country and the United States. If there are problems, he said, it could devastate both economies.