Colorado

Nov 1, 2013 3:52 PM by Andy Koen

Clerk reports 18 voted fraudulently in recall

COLORADO SPRINGS - As many as 18 voters in Colorado Springs face criminal charges for inappropriately casting a ballot in the September 10 recall election of State Senator John Morse.

According to a news release issued Friday, El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams gave a list of names to the district attorney for further review because of "possible inappropriate activity during the Senate District 11 Recall Election."

At least 11 of the 18 individual used same-day voter registration to cast ballots without actually living in the district. Four of the voters are Republicans, ten are Democrats and four are unaffiliated. Williams blames a controversial last minute change in election law for facilitating the fraud.

"With House Bill 1303 now in place there is a greater potential for voter fraud and we must meet that increased potential with heightened vigilance," Williams said.

"We will pass along any activity that warrants investigation and I know that our District Attorney will prosecute any illegal activity to the fullest extent of the law."

He points out that all of the suspected fraudulent votes were counted because HB 1303 expressly requires the counties to do so.

"Anyone who commits an elections crime has shown a blatant disrespect for one of our country's most sacred rights and has violated the community's trust," Williams added.

He hopes to work with the legislature to close "loopholes" in the new law.

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