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Possible voter fraud cases sent to DA

By Megan Schrader Published: November 1, 2013 0

El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams has forwarded 18 cases of potential voter fraud from the September recall election of Sen. John Morse to the district attorney for investigation.

The cases are a variety of possible fraudulent votes perpetrated by Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters during the successful recall of Morse from his Senate District 11 seat.

Some of the cases were caught when signatures on absentee or mail-in ballots didn't match those on file, clerk's office spokesman Ryan Parsell said.

The office attempted to contact those voters for confirmation they had voted, he said, and when that failed, the cases were forwarded for further investigation by the District Attorney's Office.

Parsell said they are not releasing the names of those under investigation, and Lee Richards, community outreach director for the District Attorney's Office, also declined to comment.

At least 11 of the cases, Parsell said, involved incidents in which people registered to vote on election day without living in Senate District 11.

After a person registers to vote, the clerk's office sends an unforwardable letter to the address provided. If that letter bounces back, the clerk's office follows up, and if not resolved, the clerk forwards the incident for investigation.

The cases likely do not include the widely publicized investigation into Jon Caldara, who voted in the recall election despite having been a longtime Boulder resident.

The Attorney General's Office said that case is under investigation but declined to comment further.

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Contact Megan Schrader: megan.schrader@gazette.com

Twitter: @CapitolSchrader

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