Parties settle in Colorado voter registration lawsuit

Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold (D) and advocacy group Judicial Watch agreed to settle a lawsuit over the state’s voter registration list maintenance on March 31, 2023.

The group originally filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado in October 2020. Judicial Watch alleged Colorado did not maintain voter rolls as required by the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA). The NVRA requires states to keep voter registration lists accurate and current, such as identifying people who have died or moved outside the jurisdiction.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said, “Coming on the heels of a massive voter roll clean up in Colorado thanks to our lawsuit, this settlement agreement is a major victory for all Colorado voters. Simply put: Cleaner voter rolls mean cleaner elections.” Griswold said, “We have a very rigorous list maintenance process and I do not believe that this litigation is about anything based in fact. Election disinformation continues to plague the nation and Colorado, and organizations like Judicial Watch share responsibility for the ongoing threats to democracy.”

As part of the agreement, the state denied violating federal law but agreed to send yearly reports to Judicial Watch detailing its cleanup of voter registration lists for the next five years.