VIDEO: Gessler skewered on Rachel Maddow

Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz and Secretary of State Scott Gessler
Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Ortiz and Secretary of State Scott Gessler

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow skewered Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler last night, relying heavily on the work of the Colorado Independent’s John Tomasic in a report titled “Things to Sue in Denver When You’re Suppressing Votes.”

She showed a map comparing areas of Denver with the most inactive voters to a map showing areas of heavy Hispanic concentration, and guess what? They match.

Gessler last week ordered Colorado’s county clerks not to mail ballots to inactive voters, actually filing suit against Denver County. Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert Oritz wrestled publicly with the question of whether to follow Gessler’s order or not, saying it seemed wrong–and possibly illegal–not to mail ballots to active duties soldiers who had been deemed inactive. Ortiz finally said he would comply with the order, but today joined Denver as a defendant in the lawsuit.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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