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Actual Voter Fraud

Steven Curtis is a conservative talk radio host and former chair of the Republican party in Colorado. Last October, Curtis said on his show:

It seems to me, and correct me if I’m wrong, but virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.

You could probably see this coming, but Curtis was just charged with forging his ex-wife’s signature on a mail-in ballot in the 2016 election, just weeks after that show.

If convicted, Curtis would face a maximum three years in prison for forgery and 18 months for ballot tampering. In addition, for 2016, 100% of the voter fraud in Colorado will have been committed by a Republican.

He was caught because his former wife found out she couldn’t vote because someone had already submitted a mail-in ballot for her, with a questionable signature. Which makes Curtis look not just like a criminal, but pretty stupid.

I want to point out that this is actual voter fraud, where someone voted illegally, which potentially could change an election result. Not voter registration fraud, where someone is registered in more than one state (usually by mistake, because they moved and didn’t notify the state they left). Republicans often use alleged voter registration fraud as an excuse to pass harsh laws to make it harder for Americans to register to vote in attempts to suppress the vote from demographics that often vote Democratic.

Indeed, Republicans defunded and destroyed community organizers ACORN because their voter registration drives sometimes resulted in voter registration forms being submitted with false names — for example, Donald Duck — on them. However, there is no evidence that Mr. Duck actually tried to vote in any elections.



  1. Wildwood wrote:

    It seems to me that 18 months for ballot tampering is too light a sentence. We need to make it known that we will not tolerate true voter fraud. Hopefully he will get the max and that it will run consecutively with the other charge.

    Have you noticed that if someone is decrying something they are often the ones doing the something? Be it shouting from the pulpit about fornication and pedophilia, to tweeting from the White House about, well just about anything, and all stops in between.

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 9:08 am | Permalink
  2. ebdoug wrote:

    The son of a Nazi from Germany was on our town board. He never did read the minutes, maybe couldn’t. He came up for election.
    A friend was at my house that day who said she was voting when her husband came home from work. Next day I asked. “Well, he was too tired so we didn’t go.” The son of a Nazi tied with the other candidate. So they had a card drawing, then another which nazi won and stayed on the board doing nothing another four years.
    The value of one vote, she could have gone from my house voted one mile down the road and changed the whole election.

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 4:57 pm | Permalink
  3. eyesoars wrote:

    Seems to me that a large fraction of voter fraud is committed by Republican ‘True the Vote’ executives, and Republican “operatives” trying to prove that it’s widespread (and failing spectacularly).

    As for the bogus submitted registrations, most states require that ALL filled out voter registration forms be submitted to the state voting authority — because “registering” voters and then throwing some or all of the registrations away — is a traditional, widespread method for skewing votes. And one that hasn’t gone away.

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:44 pm | Permalink
  4. eyesoars wrote:

    Wildwood@1: “Stop me before I sin again!”

    Thursday, March 23, 2017 at 10:46 pm | Permalink