For Immediate Release
Contact: Mattie Albert
(719) 520-6226 or (719) 216-6580 - cell
First Court Appearance in Voter Fraud Case
July 13, 2017
[Colorado Springs, Colo. – July 12, 2017] On July 13, 2017 at 10 a.m. Ms. Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez will appear before the El Paso County District Court on allegations that she forged her deceased parents’ signatures on their respective mail ballots. Miguel Sosa died Sept. 26, 2008, and his wife Sara Sosa passed away on Oct. 14, 2009. Ms. Sosa-Sanchez is charged for ballots cast in their names in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
Ms. Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez, 59, is being charged with forgery.
Same-day registration, voter service and polling centers that facilitate registration and voting, and the automatic mailing of ballots to registered voters make voting easy and convenient for Coloradoans. But there are a small number of people who try to cheat the system. The Colorado Secretary of State and the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder’s Office have implemented safeguards, such as signature verification, to prevent fraud.
“While voter fraud is rare, a lax approach to prosecuting voter fraud can lead to additional and unacceptable attempts to cheat the system,” said Clerk Chuck Broerman. “Every individual who votes legally has his or her voice diminished by voter fraud. And my office is committed to continue to work to ensure that every voice and vote is protected.”
The deceased voters had been kept on active voter rolls because they did not meet minimum matching criteria required by the state for their names to be deleted from eligible voter rolls. The minimum matching criteria is a safeguard put in place by Colorado Revised Statutes 1-2-603 and 1-2-604 to prevent voters from being arbitrarily removed from voter records. The El Paso County Clerk & Recorder’s Office was able to prevent further ballots from being counted for both deceased voters because of thorough internal processes to continually clean voter registration records.
Please refer any questions to Mattie Albert, Strategy and Development Manager/PIO Contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or (719) 520-6226.