Nov 1, 2013 11:21 PM by KOAA
As many as 18 voters could be facing criminal charges over allegations of fraudulent voting in September's recall election of State Senator John Morse.
The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder says this is a larger number than they have experienced in past elections, and they attribute that to House Bill 1303.
Previously, the Clerk and Recorder's Office had 29 days to investigate whether someone lived in their distict before their ballot was mailed. But under the new house bill, a voter can pick up a ballot at their local polling place immediately, without any validation that they live in the district they are voting in.
"That raises concerns because we know in at least six instances that the mail we sent to that person immediately came back to our office from the post office saying this person doesnt live there." says El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams.
But the main concern is if those fraudulent votes are counted, because it could taint the outcome of a close election.
The list of fraudulent voters consisted of four republicans, four unaffiliated, and ten democrats.
Right now the District Attorney's Office is only investigating whether criminal charges are warranted, no charges have been filed yet.