The election is still six weeks off and it’s already started cropping up — voter fraud, specifically dead people casting ballots.
The joke goes something like this: My parents voted straight Republican all their lives; after their deaths they voted straight Democrat.
Clip via CBS 4 Denver
But when the joke becomes reality, the humor falls by the wayside.
As further proof that safeguards such as presenting photo ID to vote are necessary to protect the process, Denver CBS affiliate KCNC 4 News uncovered instances where people who died sometimes years ago have been casting ballots
“We do believe there were several instances of potential vote fraud that occurred,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams after reviewing the CBS4 findings. “It shows there is the potential for fraud.”
Well, it’s more than mere “potential for fraud” if it’s already happened.
The station reported:
The cases of dead men and women casting ballots ranged from El Paso County in southern Colorado to Denver and Jefferson County. CBS4 discovered the fraudulent voting by comparing databases of voting histories in Colorado against a federal death database.
The CBS4 investigation has triggered criminal investigations in El Paso and Jefferson counties along with a broad investigation by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.
“It’s not a perfect system. There are some gaps,” Williams admitted.
One example CBS4 unearthed was that of former Colorado Springs resident Sara Sosa, who died in 2009, yet continued to vote — in the 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 elections. She must have wanted to follow her husband Miguel’s example, who died a year earlier in 2008 — yet voted in 2009.
“That’s illegal,” said El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, who called the CBS4 findings “very serious.”
“I was shocked and surprised at this,” said Broerman. “This cannot happen. We cannot have this here or anyplace in our country. Our democracy depends on it. People have spilled their blood for the values and underpinnings and beliefs of this country.”
He added that after the Sosas’ deaths, their names remained on the voter rolls and mail-in ballots continued to be sent to their homes. The Sosas’ daughter, who continues to live in the family home, told CBS4 she wasn’t interested in talking to the station.
“Go talk to someone else,” said Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez.
The secretary of state acknowledged that the system could use a bit of improvement.
“It’s not a perfect system,” Williams said. “It is impossible to vote from the grave legally.”
Williams, for whatever it’s worth, is a Democrat.
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