DA Releases Results of Voting Investigation
This past July, District Attorney Bruce Brown was notified by Secretary of State Scott Gessler of his suspicions regarding non-citizens voting in their districts.
The request was for the District Attorney to assist by continuing the Secretary’s investigation. By law, when the Secretary of State requests a District Attorney to investigate voter fraud, the District Attorney has a duty to comply and then prosecute persons who have committed fraud.
The 5th Judicial District has completed its investigation into the Secretary of State’s suspicions and has found them to be unfounded. Gessler named three voters, and the District Attorney has determined them either to be United States citizens, legally eligible to participate in the electoral process, or else their supposed ineligibility took place outside of the statute of limitations.
These findings are consistent with statewide findings, that of 155 voters identified by the Secretary of State’s office and requesting further inquiry by local prosecutors, few if any could reasonably have been accused of voter fraud in recent elections.
In light of these recent requests for the District Attorney’s investigation, Brown is releasing results of separate investigations conducted by his office at the request of local election clerks about questionable ballots. Brown commented that, “It is standard procedure for inquiries to take place following each election cycle. Clerks submit questionable voter information and we follow up. However, given the level of interest stirred up by recent allegations, it is fitting to release all of our results in order to put our community members’ minds at ease. We want to reassure our community that all ballots cast have the full weight of the individual voter, and are not diluted by ineligible voters.”
In Summit County, a District Attorney Investigator, in conjunction with assistance from Summit County Clerk and Recorder Kathy Neel, examined nineteen ballots that raised questions. Of those nineteen individuals, the investigator was able to make contact with, and establish the legal voter registration and cast ballots of sixteen people. He was unable to establish contact with two of those who had come under scrutiny, and one other person was located out of state, and was uncooperative with the investigation.
In Eagle County, District Attorney Investigators, in conjunction with information provided by Eagle County Clerk and Recorder Teak Simonton, turned up similar results to the Summit County investigation. Of the sixty-nine ballots that came into question, it was determined that no fraud was committed in sixty-five instances. Four individuals were not contacted based on lack of available contact information.
These results, according to Brown, were reassuring. “This investigation was conducted because we take the issue of voter fraud very seriously, and we are gratified to learn that the evidence suggests we do not have identifiable issues about voter integrity. Furthermore, our local elections officials do an outstanding job of overseeing a fair process.”
All investigations have been closed, and no charges are expected to be filed in any case within the 5th. Voting while ineligible to cast a ballot is a serious felony offense, punishable by Colorado law with imprisonment in the Department of Corrections for a term of three-years.