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Press Release (El Paso County)

On September 5, 2017, Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez pled guilty to forgery, and to voting twice in an election. The forgery charge is a class 5 felony (Colorado Revised Statutes 18-5-102(1)(e)), and the charge of voting twice in an election is a misdemeanor (Colorado Revised Statutes 1-13-710).

Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez, 59, forged her deceased mother’s signature on a November 2013 ballot, and voted her own ballot as well in that same election. As part of her sentencing, Ms. Sanchez will provide 60 hours of community service, pay all restitution and court fees, and will assist the Clerk and Recorder’s Office in educating El Paso County citizens about the consequences of voter fraud.

“Every vote is a voice and our Office works hard to make sure that your vote is your voice. Colorado is extremely innovative when it comes to our voting system – the hybrid mail ballot and voter service and polling center design has made voting increasingly accessible,” said Chuck Broerman, El Paso County Clerk & Recorder. “We make it easy to vote, but hard to cheat. As a result, voter fraud is rare in El Paso County. But as this case proves, when it does occur, we do investigate and prosecute it. Along with the Toni Newbill case, this is the second voter fraud case successfully prosecuted by District Attorney Dan May’s Office this year, in collaboration with our Office.”

Judge Theresa M. Cisneros presided over the case, and commented during the proceedings that we must able to count on the integrity of our election system. “The security and integrity of our elections system are national issues, and I echo the sentiments expressed during the proceedings,” commented Mr. Broerman. “What happens with our elections on the local level is just as important as what occurs nationally, and that is why our Office is committed to ensuring that our system is secure, verified, and transparent.”

If you receive a ballot for a deceased family member, please send a written, signed notice to the Elections Department in the Clerk’s Office (1675 W. Garden of the Gods. Rd., Suite 2202, Colorado Springs, CO 80907), or feel free to call our office at (719) 575-VOTE (8683) with any questions.