"Our electoral system must have safeguards to verify eligible voters and prevent illegal ballots from being cast," Gessler wrote. "An unenforceable honor system does not build confidence in our elections."
The letter lists nine secretaries of state and two lieutenant governors (who serve as the top elections officials in their states) who Gessler says "share this approach and expect to request" similar agreements with DHS. They are from Ohio and Iowa — battleground states, like Colorado, in this fall's presidential race — as well as Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Michigan, Kansas, Georgia, Arkansas, Washington and Alaska. Like Gessler and Suthers, all are Republicans.
Joanne Kron Schwartz, executive director of the liberal group ProgressNow, said it was troubling that the day after sending the letter, Suthers was on stage at a Grand Junction campaign appearance for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney.
"This is the same thing we're seeing across the country, where Republicans are aiming to win the election by suppressing the vote," she said.