Wednesday, November 20, 2013

AG confirms it received Vander Veen case

Posted By on Wed, Nov 20, 2013 at 4:46 PM

We have an update on this week's story, "Rumors follow former county clerk official." The Attorney General's Office has confirmed that a inquiry into the vote of Alissa Vander Veen was referred to them by the Fourth Judicial District Attorney's Office.

It will not confirm or deny that it is investigating the issue.

The Independent asked the AG Office for information about the Vander Veen case last week, but was told the office would not be releasing any information. Then, early this week, the Colorado Independent ran a story stating the the AG's Office had just confirmed the Vander Veen inquiry.

AG spokesperson Carolyn Tyler says the Indy and its readers were not purposefully snubbed; she says she did not know about our prior inquiry, as she was out on vacation and another spokesperson answered our call. The Colorado Independent made its inquiry this week, after she had returned.

Anyway, Ryan Parsell, spokesperson for the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder's Office, says that while the proverbial cat is out of the bag, he is still not at liberty to discuss the case in detail. He does, however, note that Clerk Wayne Williams reported all questionable cases — including Vander Veen's — to the DA. (Worth noting, since Vander Veen ran a campaign for Williams and later worked under him at the clerk's office.)

Parsell has also said that Vander Veen is not thought to be among the 11 voters suspected of committing voter fraud due to a mistaken belief that a new election law allowed voting outside their district. That likely means that Vander Veen may have simply failed to update her voter registration address after moving.

Parsell did release the following statement:

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is committed to upholding all the laws the office is tasked with administering. As our office does not possess general investigative powers with respect to potential election offenses, complaints and allegations of inappropriate activity are referred to the District Attorney’s Office to determine whether an investigation is appropriate.

While our office cannot comment about the particulars of an on-going investigation, the citizens of El Paso County should know that our office has the integrity to refer any case appropriate for investigation regardless of a person’s current or past connection with this office or its staff. Furthermore, the citizens should know that a uniform standard is applied equally and fairly to all individuals about whom questions have been raised.

Meanwhile, Kjersten Forseth, chief of staff for the Office of the Senate President, has said her office is alerting the Attorney General's Office to another suspected case of fraud. A man who identified himself as "David Feith" posted a comment on a Nov. 13 Gazette editorial entitled " Jon Stewart should defend Caldara's vote in Morse recall", in which Feith suggests he committed fraud.

Here's a screen capture of his comment: 


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