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Aug 27, 2012 8:34 PM by Kate Richards

Few Republicans on voter purge list

DENVER (AP) - Democrats and independent voters got 86 percent of the requests to withdraw from voting rolls if they're not citizens as part of an initiative from Colorado's Republican Secretary of State.

The breakdown renewed skepticism that Scott Gessler has a political motivation in sending the letters. His office provided the figures to The Associated Press Monday.

A Gessler spokesman says he did not look at party registration when sending the letters.

Of the nearly 4,000 who received them, 1,566 were Democrats, and 1,794 were unaffiliated. Another 486 were Republicans. The remainder went to smaller political parties.

Gessler sent letters earlier this month to registered voters suspected of being ineligible to vote because they presented documents showing that they were not citizens, such as a green card, when applying for a driver's license.

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