Multiple cases of voter fraud are popping up in Colorado as a part of an investigation by CBS 4 that is looking into fraudulently cast votes in multiple state elections.
The investigation into this kind of voter fraud revealed that there were multiple votes cast that were in the names of people that had died, sometimes years after they had passed.
The most recent investigation turned up another dead voter in Larimer County.
The fraudulently cast vote was in the name of 88 year-old Irvin Mniszewski who died on September 6, 2011. However, six weeks after that, his vote was cast in the Larimer County election on October 16.
“I don’t think it was an accident,” said Larimer County Clerk and Recorder Angela Myers.
When asked if someone forged his signature to get an additional vote, Myers said, “Potentially, absolutely someone voted for him and he was gone.”
The signature on the ballot was similar to that of Mniszewski’s signature.
Myers said that the Democrat and Republican election judges thought that the signatures matched and that is why the vote was counted.
The case was brought to the local district attorney for potential criminal prosecution.
There have been dozens of cases of voter fraud in the state of Colorado over the past several years. CBS4 found seven cases of voter fraud that were prosecuted between 2009 and 2015 that led to either guilty pleas or guilty findings at trial.
Despite this, Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz said he is surprised that there are only a few dozen cases of deceased voter fraud.
“I was amazed it wasn’t in the hundreds. I was just amazed the number wasn’t larger. I think our system is tight,” he told CBS4.
Lynn Bartels, spokeswoman for Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, said in 2014, 153,518 ballots that were mailed out were returned as undeliverable. Colorado has roughly 4 million voters.