Scott Gessler: Inside Colorado's charges and prosecutions of voter fraud
In the statewide stats from Zender, we see a couple of patterns, but since the numbers are relatively small, there's nothing definitive.
Since 2002, there have been fifteen charges of voting twice, fourteen allegations of "interfering with the distribution of materials," six cases of "procuring false registration," four charges of "personating [an] elector" (sic) and several other miscellaneous alleged violations.
Gessler and his staff argue that these small numbers and the even fewer number of convictions are a sign that there are not good systems in place to detect and prosecute fraud. They have clear evidence of people who intentionally or accidentally break the law when it comes to elections, they maintain. For example, Gessler often cites cases of six individuals in 2010 who voted in both Colorado and Kansas -- and laments that they didn't face any serious consequences.
Gessler's critics, however, say that in general, such issues are small problems that don't deserve as much attention as he gives them -- especially when the search for fraud has the potential to intimidate or suppress legitimate voters.
At the legislature, which began its new session yesterday, new efforts to combat fraud are likely to surface -- some directly from the Secretary of State's office.
Here's a full list of the cases since 2002 and the specific charges.
And here's a separate list that includes only the cases that led to actual convictions. ("FFGY" means "found guilty" and "FDFS" means individuals were given a "deferred sentence.")
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