Though modern physicists are yet to figure out a way for one person to be in two places at the same time, the top spokesman for Colorado Democrats has figured out a way to vote in two places at once. Matt Inzeo, the communications director for the Colorado Democratic Party, holds active voter registrations in both Colorado and Washington, D.C., according to a voter fraud investigation by Media Trackers Colorado.
Publicly available voter registration records show that Inzeo registered to vote as a Democrat in Denver on March 1, 2012. However, his voter registration in Washington, D.C. — which dates back to January 10, 2006 — still remains active. Media Trackers spoke with an official at the D.C. Board of Elections and Ethics last Thursday who confirmed that Inzeo’s D.C. voter registration remained active. The official told Media Trackers that while Inzeo did not vote in the district’s most recent 2012 election in April, he was certainly free and able to do so. Inzeo’s voter registration status in Colorado is also active according to public records.
Inzeo’s last vote in D.C. came in a special election held on April 26, 2011, roughly ten months before he registered to vote in Colorado.
Although Inzeo was first hired by the Colorado Democratic Party in May of 2011 according to his LinkedIn profile, he waited nearly a year before registering to vote in Colorado. Inzeo’s voter registration became active a mere five days before the state party’s presidential nominating caucuses which were held on March 6, 2012. State law requires prospective caucus participants to have been registered in the state for at least two months prior to voting in the caucus.
When Media Trackers attempted to contact Inzeo on his cell phone to ask whether he voted in the 2012 caucus, he abruptly hung up before providing any comment.
While holding an active voter registration in more than one jurisdiction at the same time is not specifically a crime, the mere ability to cast two votes raises serious questions about how states purge voter rolls of ineligible voters. Many states do not have effective rules in place to insure the integrity and validity of the voter rolls, leaving the door open for fraud and abuse. Voting rolls in Washington, D.C., for example, are purged only once every four years, while Colorado rolls are not purged on a regular basis at all. Instead, the current system purges voters who have not participated in any of the two previous general elections.
Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler recently attempted to push through stronger vote integrity measures aimed at reducing the incidence of fraud, but a coalition of state Democrats — including Inzeo himself — and left-wing activists groups such as Common Cause sought to prevent the reforms. In March, Inzeo and his boss, Colorado Democratic Party Chair Rick Palacio, suggested that Gessler be recalled from office for his reform attempts.
“If Scott Gessler is unwilling to fulfill his duties as a non-partisan election officer, the people of Colorado should consider all avenues necessary to remove him as Secretary of State,” Palacio said in a press release. Palacio did not say at the time whether violent efforts like those of the Occupy movement fell within the category of “all avenues necessary” to remove an elected official from office. The party chair’s press release was issued in response to Gessler’s testimony in the Colorado House against a measure that would have redefined inactive voters as active voters.
Colorado Common Cause lobbied for the redefinition of inactive voters and actively worked against Gessler and efforts by Colorado House Republicans to require photo identification to vote. Common Cause joined forces with Mi Familia Vota and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in litigation against Gessler, accusing him of voter suppression and violating federal election rules by performing actions meant to uphold the integrity of the Colorado voter rolls.
To date, the Inzeo-backed effort to recall Gessler has been less than successful.