Ex-Colorado GOP Chair Disproves Own Theory That Only Democrats Do Voter Fraud
Steve Curtis is the former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party and currently a right-wing talk radio host. As such, he is very, very concerned about all the voter fraud that Democrats do all the time. He even once dedicated a whole 45 minute show to "Voter Fraud and Other Democratic Misbehaviors."
During that show, Curtis stated that "virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats."
Thus, when he decided to commit his very own act of voter fraud -- sending in a ballot on behalf of his ex-wife -- he probably thought it didn't count as, like, actual voter fraud. Perhaps he just thought he was being extra patriotic? Perhaps he was so convinced that there was rampant voter impersonation going on that no one would have a problem with him doing a little of it himself?
His ex-wife, however, doesn't exactly see things that way and is pretty pissed off. Kelly Curtis divorced Steve Curtis after being married to him for only nine months. When asked why their marriage only lasted that long, Curtis told reporters "I didn't feel it was an equal partnership, I'll just leave it at that." Which is basically girl code for "He was terrible and I had to GTFO."
The forgery was discovered when Kelly Curtis, who had just moved to South Carolina, called the Weld County Elections office to find out how to vote there despite still being registered in Colorado. To her surprise, she was told that she had already voted by mail. In Colorado. And that the ballot was sent from Steve Curtis's house.
"It was demeaning and presumptuous, and I had no idea what would go on in someone's mind to cast my ballot for me illegally, actually to go to all the trouble to forge my ballot," Kelly Curtis told reporters at Denver's Fox31.
Steve Curtis himself has refused to answer media questions about the forgery, and his defense attorney even attempted to get the judge to issue a gag order to prevent prosecutors from talking to the media about it. Which, clearly, did not work.
He now faces up to 18 months in prison for the voter fraud, and up to three years for forging his ex-wife's signature, if he's found guilty.
On the bright side, however -- Curtis can probably sleep easier at night, on his cot in prison, knowing that we actually do have processes in place to combat the kind of voter impersonation that Republicans like him pretend to believe only Voter ID can solve. That is nice for him!
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