Illegal Voting Charge Dropped Against Aurora Man

By: AP
By: AP
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CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) - A judge has dismissed an election fraud charge against an Aurora man after prosecutors said they couldn't prove he was the one who illegally registered himself to vote.

Tadesse G. Degefa, who isn't a U.S. citizen, had been charged with procuring false registration. The case was dismissed Wednesday.

No phone listing could be found for him. Prosecutors say he didn't have a lawyer.

District Attorney George Brauchler says the secretary of state's voter registration website doesn't have safeguards to prevent someone from illegally signing up someone else to vote. He also says government agencies aren't sharing information that could help stop noncitizens from registering.

Secretary of State's Office spokesman Rich Coolidge says some safeguards have been added to the website but officials need the Legislature's help to do more.

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