Friday, October 25, 2013

My husband, 17 others, have recall ballots sent to DA

Posted By on Fri, Oct 25, 2013 at 7:26 PM

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Jon Caldara's ballot was the most famous to be forwarded to the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office — because of suspected voter fraud — following the Sen. John Morse recall

Also among those whose ballots were forwarded: my husband's.

We got a letter from the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office saying his vote hadn't been counted due to signature verification problems in the mail. But that was well after the election — likely our fault, since we're not avid mailbox-checkers — so it was too late to respond and get his ballot counted.

We figured that was the end of it. But no. The other day, the business card of a local DA was stuck in our door with a note asking my husband to call. Over the phone, my husband explained that the ballot was indeed his. The DA took a look at the signatures from his past ballots and noted slight differences, but said it sure looked like the same signature to him.

For what it's worth, my husband's signature is way, way more consistent than mine.

Think that's weird? So did we. But before you scream conspiracy, keep in mind that there weren't enough "suspect" ballots in the recall to make a difference in its outcome. Ryan Parsell, spokesperson for the clerk, says that just 18 were forwarded to the DA — 10 from registered Democrats, four from registered Republicans, and four from unaffiliated voters.

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