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Colorado Reporters Fact-Check Malkin And Kelly On Voting Rules

You didn't really think Malkin had her facts straight did you?
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Well, it certainly made a great line for a movie promo. Too bad it's completely false, but Michelle Malkin hasn't ever really been a fan of facts anyway.

Earlier this week Malkin pimped her shiny new Citizens United "How Colorado Is Turning Into The Land of Liberals and Druggies" movie on Megyn Kelly's show. During the interview, Kelly spouted off about how horrible it was that voters could just print their ballot at home and mail it on in.

Too bad it wasn't true.

KUSA-TV brought some facts into the debate.

Kelly referenced Gov. John Hickenlooper's (D-Colorado) signing of a new election law advanced by his fellow Democrats in the state legislature in 2013.

The host described it as a "first of its kind election law: a set of rules that literally allows residents to print ballots from their home computers, then encourages them to turn ballots over to 'collectors' in what appears to be an effort to do away with traditional polling places."

While traditional polling places are a thing of the past (in-person voters can go to Voter Service Centers instead of traditional precinct polling places) because of the law, the claim that it allows for home-printed ballots is simply false.

We ran this by the office of Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler, a Republican and a vocal opponent of the Democrats' new election law.

Gessler's office told 9NEWS that most Colorado voters can not print a ballot on their home printer and use it to vote.

There is one category of Colorado voters who can: those serving in the military.

Military members and overseas voters can get a ballot by email, print it, and return it with a signed affidavit by physical mail.

That system has absolutely nothing to do with the new election law. It was in place beforehand.


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