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Aug 28, 2012 1:45 PM by Lauren Molenburg

Legal voters got letters questioning status

DENVER (AP) - The American Civil Liberties Union says it is being contacted by U.S citizens who received letters from Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler questioning their right to vote.

The ACLU's Colorado branch said Tuesday the voters are among the nearly 4,000 people who Gessler sent letters to earlier this month asking them to voluntarily withdraw their registration or prove their citizenship.

The ACLU provided three names of people who are naturalized citizens from Canada, Venezuela, and Germany. It wasn't immediately known how many others contacted the ACLU.

Gessler's office says only those who voluntarily withdraw are having their registration canceled. His office is having a hearing Wednesday to talk about a process for those who don't respond.

Gessler has also begun using a federal database he says will help verify citizenship status.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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