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Ex state GOP chair convicted of voter fraud



Former chair of the Colorado Republican Party Steve Curtis was convicted Dec. 7 of forgery and voter fraud for signing his ex-wife's ballot during the 2016 election, Fox 31 Denver reports.

DNA evidence and handwriting analysis tied him to his ex-wife's ballot, leading to charges against Curtis, 58. After Kelly Curtis moved to Charleston, South Carolina, in late 2015, Steve Curtis called the Weld County Clerk and Recorder's Office in October 2016 to obtain her mail-in ballot. Fox 31 reports investigators determined he forged his wife's name on the ballot and mailed it in.

During testimony, Curtis said he signed the ballot during a diabetic episode.

Curtis is to be sentenced on Jan. 26 for a charge that carries a penalty of up to three years in prison.

Democrats couldn't resist commenting on Curtis' conviction, noting he previously said "virtually every case" of voter fraud he was aware of was committed by Democrats. "Voter fraud is a virtually non-existent problem that Republicans use as an excuse to justify voter suppression tactics," the statement said, noting Curtis was the only person charged with voter fraud in Colorado in 2016.

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