BREAKING: A Real Life Voter Fraud Conviction!

A press release moments ago from El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman announces one of the rarest events in American politics, even if it’s one of the most commonly feared: a conviction for actual vote fraud by an actual voter.

The El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office is pleased to announce a conviction has been secured in one of the outstanding voter fraud cases being investigated by the District Attorney’s Office. Toni Newbill pleaded guilty to voting twice under Colorado Revised Statute 1-13-710. The penalty for this crime includes probation, community service, a fine, and other court fees. Ms. Newbill attempted to cast Ralph Nanninga’s ballot in the 2016 Primary Election. Mr. Nanninga passed away in 2012.

“I’d like to thank our District Attorney Dan May and his staff for their great work on this case,” said Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman. “Our office takes voter fraud seriously and we’re committed to combating it in every form. We’ll continue to work with various agencies to prevent voter fraud, clean up registration lists, and prosecute those who try to abuse our democratic system.”

To say that Republican elected officials “take voter fraud seriously” is a bit of an understatement, since vote fraud claims formed an outsize component of Republican pre-election messaging in the 2016 elections. It’s true that Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican himself, pushed back on Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated accusations that the “election is rigged,” but that didn’t stop the rumors from spreading within conservative media. Just as one example, former Secretary of State Scott Gessler’s unfounded claims of “tens of thousands” of illegal voters in Colorado were recycled by national conservative columnist Michelle Malkin with absolutely no regard for truthfulness.

But never mind all that, now we’ve got a real-life voter who has pled guilty to voting twice! Surely that confirms Republicans’ worst fears of rampant voter fraud, right? The answer is no, for two reasons. The first is that this conviction is evidence the system works. The attempt in this case by a Colorado voter to cast two ballots was not successful, because the voter in question, Toni Newbill, was caught.

And the second reason? Toni Newbill is a registered Republican. The election in which she attempted to cast two ballots was the 2016 primary election, in which the marquee contest was the Republican U.S. Senate primary–the same primary that saw frontrunner Jon Keyser’s campaign collapse under allegations of petition fraud, which later resulted in a felony conviction of a Keyser campaign subcontractor.

Far from proving the unsubstantiated claims from President Trump and others that vote fraud is a major problem, this one case against the backdrop of millions of votes legally and properly cast in Colorado proves that there isn’t a problem–at least no problem that merits clamping down on the system, impeding access to the franchise by thousands in order to prevent the exceedingly rare instance of actual lawbreaking.

If that blows a hole in your cherished conspiracy theories, we’re not sorry.

9 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. bullshit! says:

    I've said it before: Republicans are so desperate to prove vote fraud exists that they commit it.

  2. RepealAndReplace says:

    Did anyone check to see if this woman signed more than one of the Keyser petitions circulated by the notorious "Maureen"?

  3. mamajama55 says:

    Jon Caldara, Republican, attempted to vote in two different jurisdictions.

    Clarice Navarro, Republican, registered to vote under two different names.

    Tiffany Trump, Steve Bannon, Steven Mnuchin, all in Trump's family or cabinet, all Republicans, all registered in multiple states.

    Trump's voter fraud expert, Gregg Phillips, Republican, registered in three different states.

    Trump voter in Iowa voted twice – the Republican said that she "didn't know what came over me".

    Colorado's Republican voter "watchdog", Marilyn Marks, lived in Virginia for two years, but just moved back to Colorado in time to challenge the ballot selfie law- but is she registered in Virginia and Colorado? It's easy to forget to update one's voter registration, especially if one is obsessed with finding fraud in the other political party.

    WaPo's investigation found exactly four documented cases of voter fraud out of 135 million votes cast in the 2016 election. And most of these were (guess what?) Republican.

    So the clearest indicator of potential electoral fraud is being registered as a Republican. OK, I'm kidding. Sort of. Not really.

    • Gilpin Guy says:

      Or the clearest indicator of stupid.  I'm still coming to grips with the reality that some of my relatives are enthusiastic Nazi's.  It creates this Kafka dilemma when it dawns on you that they will never abandon Trump because you can't just off them then and there which would cause some awkward future family get together's but you can't stay in their presence and listen to their idiocy.  Stupid beliefs come pouring out of their mouths and you just want to plug your fingers in your ears until the wave of ignorance passes.  Now I have to really psych myself up to spend anytime in their presence and make sure that the baseball bat isn't in the backseat of the car.  It's going to be a long eight years of avoiding the family Nazi's.

  4. JohnInDenver says:

    Photo identification would not have had anything to do with this, either.

    • Budded says:

      Nope, that's just to keep them uppity blacks from voting. Or is them uppity browns? As long as it promotes whities, then they're all for it.


      "If you can't win, cheat" is the Republican way.

      • Gilpin Guy says:

        Not just cheat but destroy the institution and all our national principles and values as well.  And they think that they are morally superior people because they call it murder.

  5. Gilpin Guy says:

    Only 3,000,001 voter frauds to go to vindicate Trump's claim of illegal voting.

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