Here’s your voter fraud, SOS Stapleton

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From the Denver Post:

Steve Curtis, a former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, faces up to three years in prison after being convicted Thursday of voter fraud and forgery for signing his ex-wife’s ballot during the 2016 election, prosecutors say.

Montana’s Secretary of State, Republican Corey Stapleton, has been screaming “voter fraud” since he took office in January — much of his hyperbole focused on Missoula County, where one ballot may have been delivered to and signed by the wrong person.

Stapleton has since walked back his voter fraud accusations, somewhat, but just to be safe he’ll be on the airwaves next spring schooling us on how to cast a ballot.

Stapleton plans a series of public service announcements before next June’s primary election to educate voters on casting absentee ballots.

Two rather ironic outcomes from the Colorado case, Sec. Stapleton: the perpetrator is the former state chair of the Republican Party, and the system worked. The fraudulent ballot was exposed and the wrongdoer brought to justice.

As for Montana, after the May special election a survey was conducted on the 360 ballots cast but not counted.

(The) survey found those were cases of mismatched signatures. Other ballots were missing signatures and some rejected ballots arrived late. Around 383,000 votes were cast statewide.

Hardly rampant voter fraud. And as Missoula County Elections Administrator Rebecca Connors points out, the survey shows clerks are successful in catching ballots that should not be counted.

“To me, if anything, this survey has shown that the process works. There is a stopgap in the process. We are preventing ballots from being counted that should not be counted on Election Day,” Connors said.

It might be time for Stapleton to start working on some of the other responsibilities at the office of the Montana Secretary of State.



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Pete Talbot

'Papa’ Pete Talbot is first and foremost a grandfather to five wonderful grandchildren. Like many Montanans, he has held numerous jobs over the years: film and video producer, a partner in a marketing and advertising firm, a builder and a property manager. He’s served on local and statewide Democratic Party boards. Pete has also been blogging at various sites for over a decade. Ping-pong and skiing are his favorite diversions. He enjoys bourbon.

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