Former Colorado GOP chairman sentenced to probation, community service for 2016 voter fraud

Former Colorado GOP chairman convicted of voter fraud
(Image credit: Jason Redmond/AFP/Getty Images)

Only one case of voter fraud was recorded and prosecuted in Colorado after the 2016 election, and the perpetrator, former Colorado Republican Party Chairman Steve Curtis, was just sentenced to four years of probation and 300 hours of community service. Curtis said at his hearing on Friday that "it was a normal and customary thing in my house" for him to fill out the ballots of his two ex-wives. "I didn't know that was illegal," he added. "But at no time did I plan this, and I still don't remember doing it." He said he had filled in the mail-in ballot of his estranged wife at the time, Kelly Curtis, and forged her signature during a diabetic blackout.

District Judge Julie Hoskins said she "didn't believe for a second" that he filled out the ballot, signed it with the correct ink and his wife's signature, and mailed it in during a blackout, and she almost upped his sentence to jail time, as prosecutors had requested, when he interrupted her, The Greeley Tribune reports. Curtis was caught when Kelly Curtis called the Weld County Clerk to obtain her mail-in ballot, only to be told she had already voted; DNA evidence and handwriting analysis led the district attorney's office to Steve Curtis. A jury convicted him of voter fraud and forgery, a felony and a misdimeanor, in December. Curtis, 57, was chairman of the state GOP from 1997 to 1999 and worked as a talk show host at KLZ-AM in Denver until as recently as last August.

Subscribe to The Week

Escape your echo chamber. Get the facts behind the news, plus analysis from multiple perspectives.


Sign up for The Week's Free Newsletters

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

From our morning news briefing to a weekly Good News Newsletter, get the best of The Week delivered directly to your inbox.

Sign up
To continue reading this article...
Continue reading this article and get limited website access each month.
Get unlimited website access, exclusive newsletters plus much more.
Cancel or pause at any time.
Already a subscriber to The Week?
Not sure which email you used for your subscription? Contact us
Peter Weber, The Week US

Peter has worked as a news and culture writer and editor at The Week since the site's launch in 2008. He covers politics, world affairs, religion and cultural currents. His journalism career began as a copy editor at a financial newswire and has included editorial positions at The New York Times Magazine, Facts on File, and Oregon State University.