Early voting had just begun on Monday in Colorado, and the Colorado Republican Committee sent a letter to the Larimer County clerk alleging wrongdoing by the Democratic Party.
Colorado Republicans claimed that Democrats offered Colorado State University students free pizza and T-shirts in exchange for voting, reports CBS Denver (video below).
Colorado state law says campaigners must be 100 feet from a polling place, however, there is some controversy because the polling place is inside Colorado State University's Lory Student Center in Fort Collins, Colorado and the Democrats were outside.
Colorado GOP Chairman Ryan Call told CBS Denver: “Operatives for the Democratic Party, or for what appears to be the Obama campaign, had set up a table located right outside the Lory Student Center, which is where one of the early vote locations is."
“They were essentially offering students and passers-by T-shirts and campaign T-shirts with the impression, very clearly, that you had to go vote first, and if you voted, then they would give you free T-shirts and free pizza.”
The Colorado Democratic Party told CBS Denver in a statement: “This is a hypocritical charge … the party that has spent over half a million dollars on a firm accused of voter fraud across the country should join us in encouraging people to vote instead of making frivolous complaints."
Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Scott Doyle responded: “There were some banners put up, there were some signs put up, and there was some question about locations of all of those and so mid-morning I got involved and we were able to work that out throughout today.”
Doyle asked Obama campaigners to stay 100 feet away from any door that accesses the Lory Student Center.