On Monday the county clerks of Colorado sent the Republican Secretary of State Scott Gessler a letter, detailing the ways he has voting and running the election harder. Gessler has spent the past year trying to get clerks in Denver, Pueblo and Boulder not to mail ballots to every voter who typically gets one. Then he tried to purge non-citizen voters from the rolls before giving that up when he didn't find many actual non-citizens. The Colorado clerks' list of problems with Gessler's management include several administrative missteps in handling voter registration.
What happened yesterday cannot have improved the clerks' opinion. In the wee hours of the last day to register to vote in Colorado, we started getting mail from people who were worried about Colorado's online registration system. The site posted a warning: "We regret that we have experienced intermittent technical difficulties with online voter registration."
Gessler's office says the site got slammed with traffic -- 85,000 visits, twice the usual -- and that several thousand people had made it through to sign up. The Secretary of State's office told us they were adding servers to handle the rush. They advised would-be voters to fill out the form and either scan it in or take a picture of it and e-mail that.
An op-ed in the Washington Post today asks whether Colorado could become a debacle on the level of Florida in 2000. It's worth asking. It's also worth noting that Gessler has been hanging out with the Tea Party vote-challengers True the Vote, who, so far as I can tell, have not yet weighed in on the barriers to legitimate voters in Colorado.
Also today: the NYT posts new voter registration numbers, showing the GOP again ahead in Colorado.