A YouTube video posted Friday created quite a controversy when the woman in the video said she worked for for the El Paso County clerk's office and was only registering Republican voters.
The video shows a young woman outside a local Safeway holding a clip board and saying she is polling people. She asks the lady recording the video if she was voting for Romney or Obama. The following short exchange takes place:
Recorder: "Well, wait, I thought you were registering voters a minute ago."
Poller: "I am."
Recorder: "Well, who are you registering? All voters?"
Poller: "Well, I'm actually trying to register people for a particular party. Because we're out here in support of Romney, actually."
Recorder: "And who is paying you for this?"
Poller: "We're working for the County Clerk's Office."
Recorder: "You can not come out and register just one party"
The video has received 215,888 views since being uploaded on Friday.
As it turned out, the entire situation was a misunderstanding. According to Gazette.com, El Paso County Clerk & Recorder Wayne Williams says the woman does not work for his office.
KOAA says that Williams and local Democratic and Republican campaign chairmen looked into the situation and have since learned that who the young woman is a paid employee for the Colorado Republican Committee.
Eli Bremer, the El Paso County Republican Chairman said: "It was her first day on the job and she panicked. She knew that she was turning in all the registrations to the County Clerk & Recorder's office and she knew that was the appropriate thing to do, and that's how she answered."
Williams says that pre-screening voters with preference questions isn't against the law and you do not have to offer voter registration to everyone. However, if someone requested a voter registration form to fill out themselves and take to the County Clerk's office and were denied a form, that would be illegal.