This video, which I originally posted Monday, now seems to be drawing national attention. From the Boston Globe:
… In a statement late Sunday, County Clerk Williams denied any connection between his office and the woman in the video. On Monday, the clerk’s office and the El Paso County GOP told the Globe that the woman worked for the Republican National Committee’s local victory office. However, a spokesman for the RNC Monday evening denied that the woman worked for the local victory office.
Williams is a former chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, and the Romney campaign announced his endorsement in February. Williams is an advocate of a state voter identification law that would require proof of citizenship for registration and photo IDs at the polls. Such measures in other states have been challenged in court as discriminatory toward minorities, who tend to vote Democratic….
It is legal for party workers to target supporters of a particular candidate during voter registration drives, but they cannot deny forms to people who back another candidate.
The current chairman of the El Paso County Republican Party, Eli Bremer, said in an interview that the woman in the video is 20-years-old and was in her first day on the job as a victory office staff member. Bremer said the local GOP works closely with the RNC victory office and that “one thing they hammer into you during training is that every paper you collect must be turned in to the clerk’s office.”
Bremer said he talked at length with the woman, whose name has not been released, and said she was merely flustered by the shopper’s questions and misidentified her employer. He insisted there was no collaboration on the voter registration drive between the victory office and Williams or the clerk’s office….
The shopper, who said she is the Democratic chair of a county precinct, described the video as the result of a serendipitous encounter. She said that on her way into the grocery story, she initially praised the young woman for registering voters but was alarmed when the young woman replied that she was registering only “some” voters.
The shopper said she decided to confront the young woman on her way out of the store, filming their conversation while at first pretending to talk on her cell phone. She said her angry reaction was “not my finest moment” and said she did write down the license plate number of the vehicle driven by the young woman.
The shopper said the timing of the video’s posting — more than a month after it was filmed — was not politically strategic, as Bremer charged. She said she went out of town for a few weeks and needed help editing out the young woman’s name, which she did not want to make public. She said her purpose was to illuminate the practice of selective registration.
Christy Le Lait, executive director of the El Paso County Democratic Party, echoed the shopper’s stated mission, saying “we should be registering everyone to vote, regardless of party.”
So, there seems to be one thing upon which all parties agree: We should be registering everyone to vote. And, given the forest of totally legal figleaves waved about by the responsible parties on the Republican side, it is to be hoped that all good Democrats in Colorado are not only working to register voters who may not meet the GOP’s exacting standards, but are prepared to get those voters to the polls… and to keep a sharp eye on the ballot-counting, as well.
Per Mr. Williams, Citizens with Colorado ID cards can also register to vote at GoVoteColorado.com, and the deadline is Tuesday, October 9.