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Colorado: Dead Voters Still Cast Ballots, News Station Uncovers

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Voters line up for the Democratic presidential caucus on Super Tuesday at North High School in Denver, Colorado, on March 1, 2016. (Jason Connolly/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Monday, 26 Sep 2016 04:21 PM

Dozens of dead Colorado voters had ballots cast in their names, many in multiple elections after they died, a local Colorado news station reported last week.

During an investigation, CBS4 found at least 78 dead voters were still on the rolls, a number confirmed by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. County clerks were immediately told to remove those voters. Spokesperson Lynn Bartels told CBS4 it wasn’t clear why the dead citizens were still active.

Criminal investigations are now proceeding in El Paso and Jefferson counties in addition to the investigation by Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who said he will prosecute the incidents uncovered if it can be shown who voted in these elections. “It shows there is the potential for fraud,” he told CBS4.

El Paso County Clerk Chuck Broerman said voter fraud like CBS4 uncovered “undermines our system. It does dilute your vote in a small way ...  somebody was able to cast a vote that was not theirs to cast.”

Broerman added, “This cannot happen. We cannot have this here or anyplace in our country. Our democracy depends on it. People have spilled their blood for the values and underpinnings and beliefs of this country.”

Polls in Colorado have shown Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton to have a small, within the margin of error lead over Republican Donald Trump, according to Real Clear Politics. Trump has said in the past that he thinks the general election could be fixed.

The 2002 election in Colorado’s 7th Congressional district was decided by 121 votes out of a total of 175,000. In Ohio, a 2010 tax measure was passed by only two votes. In close elections like this, dead voters could become significant if they are allowed to remain on the rolls.

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