The top state elections official was in Colorado Springs today to hear citizen feedback on last month’s election. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, an obvious partisan divide emerged.

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Republicans complained to Secretary of State Scott Gessler that ineligible people could have voted, or that people may have voted twice. The Democrats in the crowd said the REAL problem is obstacles to voting. El Paso County Democrat Mike Maday also suggested Gessler needed to show more neutrality.

We were observing you going to organizations like True the Vote and other conservative voter related action groups during the election campaign and speaking to those groups, and to me that’s … not an appropriate tone to set for a chief elections officer of the state.

Gessler, a Republican, he says he goes where he’s invited, regardless of a group’s ideology. But he says Democrats tend not to invite him. The meeting was part of a “listening tour” Gessler is taking with the aim of improving the integrity of elections. He asked people to send him details about alleged election abuses.

 

Comments are closed.

News

AFP/Getty Images
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Simon Ostrovsky, a reporter for VICE News, was seized at gunpoint by masked men in the city of Slovyansk earlier this week. He is reportedly safe and in good health.
 

AP
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Vermont is the first state to pass a law requiring GMO labeling, and other states are close behind. But a federal lawmaker recently introduced a bill that would outlaw state rules like Vermont’s.
 

San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park K01.2.571PL
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The City of Chester, which sank in 1888 after colliding with the liner Oceanic, has been found. At the time, false reports that the other ship’s Chinese crew failed to assist stoked racial hatred.
 

Arts & Life

April 24, 2014 | NPR · Debbie Allen won Fame for playing an iconic dance teacher in film and television. Now, she’s getting new fans for roles on shows like Grey’s Anatomy. She talks about the highs and lows of her career.
 

Twentieth Century Fox
April 24, 2014 | NPR · A film that seems designed to demonstrate the dire circumstances in which funny women can still find themselves, The Other Woman is a grotesque pantomime of female empowerment.
 

Courtesy of Ogilvy Brazil
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Kids don’t want to look different, especially if the reason they look different is because they’ve lost their hair to chemotherapy. If Hello Kitty’s gone bald, too, maybe it won’t feel so bad.
 

Music

Q2 Music
April 24, 2014 | Q2 · Take a tour of the MacArthur genius’s home in Harlem, including a look at his Steinway, favorite books and percussion instruments from India.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · Even today’s musicians know jazz has a rapidly-changing, living, breathing history. In a new video, young gun Kris Bowers takes a YouTube tour from ragtime and stride through the present day.
 

Courtesy of the artist
April 24, 2014 | NPR · The video for The Darcys’ powerful song “Hunting” shows the dark side of life in an apartment building that echoes the Hitchcock film Rear Window, using subtly beautiful CGI and matte paintings.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab