Local officials in Colorado acknowledged “very serious” voter fraud after a local media outlet uncovered voter fraud by comparing voter history databases in the state to government death records. The finding showed votes were cast in multiple elections under the names of recently-deceased residents.
“Somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast,” El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman told CBS4 after the new station after their finding have provoked the state to launch criminal investigations.
It’s not clear how many fraudulent ballots have been submitted in recent years. CBS4 reported that it “found multiple cases” of dead people voting around the state, revelations that have provoked state criminal investigations.
“We do believe there were several instances of potential vote fraud that occurred,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams. “It shows there is the potential for fraud.”
Here are a few examples of the uncovered fraud:
Sara Sosa from Colorado Springs died on Oct. 14, 2009. However, voting records showed ballots were cast for Sosa in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Nell “Ma” Cluck, as she was known, died on Feb. 1, 2009. Nine months later a vote in an election was cast under Cluck’s name.
John Grosso of Denver, a father, grandfather and World War II veteran died on Dec. 13, 2004, and records show that Grosso then voted two years later, in a 2006 primary election.
El Paso County officials have found 78 dead people on their voter rolls after the CBS4 report was published and they have previously removed 448 people from the registered voter list since 2012.
When it comes to elections voter fraud is a serious matter. Elections that decide the fate of the country can come down to just a few thousand votes in a single state. Even an extremely small percentage of voter fraud has the ability to swing an entire election.
An example of this can be seen from a 2008 report by the Milwaukee Police Department when they released a report that showed an “illegal organized attempt to influence the outcome of [the 2004]election in the state of Wisconsin.” In this state’s election the gap between the two candidates was only 12,000 votes and 5000 more votes were counted than those who cast ballots.