Ex-Colorado GOP Chairman Steve Curtis Guilty of Voter Fraud

Former Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis.

Denver7 reporting from Weld County District Court, where a former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party was convicted today by a jury of felony forgery and election fraud–another development in what’s become a crazy week of Republican True Crime Stories™:

Steve Curtis, the former chairman for the Colorado Republican Party, was found guilty Thursday by a Weld County jury of voter fraud and forgery.

Curtis, 58, was arrested in March and accused of signing his wife’s mail-in ballot for her, which is a misdemeanor in Colorado. He was also charged with forgery of a public record, a fifth-degree felony…

“He knew exactly what he was doing,” argued Deputy District Attorney Tate Costin during closing arguments. “He received it in the mail, opened it, voted, signed it, sealed it back up and sent it in. If he were going to sign a name during this confused diabetic state, wouldn’t he sign his own name? Why her name? She hadn’t even lived in the house for 11 months.”

Curtis was the state’s GOP chairman from 1997 to 1999, and caused a stir ahead of the 2016 election when he said on KLZ 560: “It seems to be, and correct me if I’m wrong here, but virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats.” [Pols emphasis]

Ex-Colorado GOP chairman Steve Curtis’ defense that health problems somehow compelled him to forge his wife’s name on her ballot didn’t fly with the jury, and now Mr. Curtis gets to spend the rest of his days reflecting on the irony of being convicted of a crime he claimed only those rascally Democrats ever commit! In truth, as we’ve consistently found to be the case in our years covering Colorado politics, is that Republicans tend to do approximately 100% of the hand-wringing about voter fraud and the commission thereof.

And with that, one of the storylines in what we’ve come to call Colorado GOP Crime Week–which started as a joke, then really became a thing–has gotten to the final chapter. Stay tuned to see how the Pueblo GOP treasurer wanted for theft on the lam in El Salvador and the developing case of Rep. Lori Saine‘s loaded pistol at the airport get resolved.

Never a dull moment, folks.

13 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. Diogenesdemar says:

    “I seem to remember now, there was this one Republican once, who may have committed voter fraud? . . .

    . . . for the life of me I can’t seem to remember his name though . . .”

    Inmate 4957316

  2. Diogenesdemar says:

    Dateline Denver

    In an unrelated story, SOS Wayne Williams announces incontrovertible proof of massive voter fraud in Colorado elections . . . 

  3. RepealAndReplace says:

    Don't drop the soap…..

    Yesterday, Fluffy told us that this could have been avoided if we had a voter ID requirement for mail-in ballots but that Democrats block it.

    So as Curtis was completing the ex-wife's absentee ballot at his kitchen, he would have been obligated to take out his driver's license and show it to himself before he sealed the envelope.

  4. I'll try and remember the "confused diabetic state" defense if I ever decide to commit forgery.

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Your Honor, I plead not guilty by . . . er, by reason of something really good . . .

      I mean, I remember it really was a really good reason I’m not guilty . . . ever since I had that large bowl of Cap’n Crunch for breakfast this morning, I can’t seem to remember a gawddamn thing.”

      • Voyageur says:

        As a 45 year survivor of diabetes, i assure you it is no joke.  But the prosecutor is right, you don't do meticulous planning if your blood glucose is 45.

        • Also Type 2 and from a family with a long history of it. That's why I figured I'd keep it on hand.

          You don't write your estranged wife's name on your wife's ballot if you're in that state. Not that it's important at this point, but did he actually forge her signature to fool the signature comparison that the election officials do? 'Cause I don't know the first thing about my wife's signature, and I have to wonder what else he might have practiced on…

  5. Davie says:

    virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats

    Hmm, where have I heard that before?  Oh, yeah, accuse your enemies of that which you are guilty…

    Moldy, tell us again about how we quiver in fear over some of your least competent gubernatorial candidates over the last several election cycles?

  6. spaceman65 says:

    Couldn't happen to a better jackass.

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