By Brian Maass and Mark Ackerman

DENVER (CBS4)– An ongoing CBS4 voter fraud investigation has uncovered a dozen cases where Coloradans are suspected of voting twice. Previous CBS4 Investigations revealed ballots cast in the names of Coloradans who had been dead for months– sometimes years- before votes were cast in their names.

In six of the new cases, voting records show the same people voting twice in Colorado elections. In another six cases, people are suspected of voting in Colorado and another state during the same election cycle.

A drive-up ballot drop-off site in Denver (credit: CBS)

A drive-up ballot drop-off site in Denver (credit: CBS)

Lincoln Wilson, a registered Republican from Hale, in Northeast Colorado, is accused of voting in both Colorado and Kansas in 2010, 2012 and again in 2014. Wilson told CBS4 he voted in both states, but only “voted on local issues” and “didn’t vote twice for President.”

Wilson is one of five Coloradans now charged by the State of Kansas for voting in both states.

Lincoln Wilson (credit: LinkedIn)

Lincoln Wilson (credit: LinkedIn)

Randall Killian, an unaffiliated voter, pleaded guilty to voting in Douglas County, Colorado and Kansas in the 2012 presidential election. Ron Weems, a registered Democrat, pleaded guilty to voting in Teller County, Colorado and Kansas in both 2012 and 2014. Both men were fined for their offenses.

Kansas has also charged James Criswell, a Republican from Douglas County, and Sharon Farris, a Republican from Denver, with double voting. Their cases have not been resolved yet.

“You’d be surprised how often people double vote,“ said Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. “Two of the cases are serial double voters. I think people discover they can get away with it and keep doing it.”

Kobach says his office is “aggressively prosecuting” double voting cases because it’s a crime that “can’t be caught ahead of time.”

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (credit: CBS)

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach (credit: CBS)

He says after each election, Colorado and Kansas crosscheck voters to identify double ballots and clean up their databases. But Kobach still believes 10,000 people are registered to vote in both Colorado and Kansas.

“Any one of those 10,000 people could probably succeed in casting two votes,“ Kobach said. “We want to get the word out, ‘Don’t do it, we’ll catch you.’”

Colorado and Kansas are two of 28 states that share voting data as part of the Interstate Crosscheck program. Colorado also shares voter data with 10 other states in a different program, called Electronic Registration Information Center, or ERIC.

Florida doesn’t participate in either data sharing project.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass interviews Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams (credit: CBS)

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass interviews Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams (credit: CBS)

CBS4 compared absentee ballots from Florida with Colorado’s voter rolls and found a suspected double voter with residences in Colorado Springs and Titusville, Florida. The El Paso County Clerk has forwarded that case to prosecutors for review.

“Some states haven’t recognized the importance of participating in ERIC and making sure the integrity of the process is ensured,” said Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams.

Yet, some people, like Bruce Rickey, are being prosecuted for voting twice in Colorado. Rickey, who is a registered Republican, was charged with trying to vote twice in the 2015 Colorado election. Prosecutors say Rickey voted in El Paso County where he lived, and then allegedly tried to vote in Elbert County as well. Court documents say Rickey “hated” the Elbert County sheriff and told an election official he wanted to vote against the sheriff on a term limit issue.

Bruce Rickey (credit: Dept. of Corrections)

Bruce Rickey (credit: Dept. of Corrections)

“There are individuals who break the law and they should, and are, being prosecuted for that,” said Williams.

But, Williams admits other Coloradans are getting away with it. Combing through voter data, CBS4 found three suspected double voters in Denver, one suspected double voter in Arapahoe County and one suspected double voter in Douglas County. All five cases that CBS4 uncovered have now been referred to prosecutors for possible criminal action.

“It’s a relatively small number,” said Williams, “But, it is a problem of any magnitude because we have close elections in Colorado.”

(credit: CBS)

(credit: CBS)

Williams said people can show up twice on Colorado’s voter rolls if their information is slightly different, due to a change of address, a change of name through marriage, or a simple typo.

Since ballots were mailed out last week, CBS4 has been contacted by a handful of voters who have received more than one ballot.

Teresa Hailey, from Northeast Denver, said she received two ballots, one sent to her home address, the other to her P.O. Box.

“I want someone to take this very seriously,” said Hailey who was confused about which ballot to cast.

Alton Dillard, spokesperson for the Denver Elections Division, said Hailey made a late change to her registration, which triggered a replacement ballot to be mailed to her.

“Once the second ballot was sent, the first one was voided. Even if she attempted to vote twice the system would have flagged the problem,” said Dillard.

Denver has a special elections phone line set up to answer any questions that arise. Denver residents can call 311 to reach the special elections operators.

CBS4 Investigator Brian Maass has been with the station more than 30 years uncovering waste, fraud and corruption. Follow him on Twitter @Briancbs4.

Mark Ackerman is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. Follow him on Twitter @ackermanmark

Comments (163)
  1. The time-honored Democrat ritual is to vote early and often — especially the dead and convicted felons.

    And don’t forget the unindicted felons to whom laws don’t apply; e.g., Hillary ‘Mrs. Stainmaker’ Clinton.

  2. stevie steve says:

    Obama said we have no voter fraud ;) that trump doesn’t sound like a president that he should stop complaining…. yet he won’t tell you that its the democrats that feel the need to cheat… beat on trump supporters, use illegals to steal the vote…

  3. Churyl Minne says:

    “Vote early, Vote often” is a long held democratic tradition.

  4. iratenate says:

    I love the attitude of Dems who claim voter fraud does not exist, or that it doesn’t happen in numbers large enough to make a difference. I feel the same way about bank robberies – I mean, there are so many banks, what’s robbing one or two mean in the “big picture”?

  5. My redneck uncle honestly believes there are hundreds of thousands of Democrats who vote two or more times in every election.
    We argued about it, until I said, if it’s so easy that everybody is voting twice, then why don’t YOU do it? Prove it to me by voting at least twice in the next election.

    He’s actually going to try it! He looked up the names of recently deceased voters in the neighboring counties and is going to try to vote in their names.

    In his area, he says they print how many votes every candidate got, including write-ins for real people. Dead or fictional people are invalid votes and are not reported. So I told him I’d buy him a steak for every write-in vote for Ann Coulter for lieutenant governor. He wouldn’t write in Ann Coulter for president, of course, because he has to vote for Trump.

  6. b says:

    In penn state they don’t have paper ballots!

    With trillions of taxpayer dollars at stake and control of the world what do you think person will do?
    Psalms 7:11
    “God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.”

    King James Version (KJV)

  7. Alice says:

    Dear God, When I die, please don’t let me vote Democrat!

  8. Judith Kohler says:

    The story mentions Channel 4 has uncovered a dozen cases. OK, any fraud is bad but how bad is a dozen cases? Not nearly enough to swing an election. The Kansas secretary of state says he believes there are 10,000 voters registered in Colorado and Kansas. Did the reporter ask what he’s basing that on? Is it just a number picked out of the air, one to jazz up the story? There’s already too much paranoia and division around this election. This kind of superficial reporting just ramps that up.

  9. Rick78643 says:

    Hope someone notified his employer that a felon is working for them.

  10. Bobb says:

    Dems don’t have to vote twice. They have the dead and illegals picking up the slack. It will be interesting if the “bad news averse” leftist media will track those voting patterns. Start in AZ IL and TX.

  11. kelly says:

    NONSENSE, CBS is in the tank for CLINTON

  12. Why isn’t the Interstate Crosscheck System and Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) a validation of each states voter registration system a federal requirement for all states to obey? With elections so close in many states a few hundred votes either way in local elections can make the difference. Maybe Trumps complaint about voter fraud and government corruption is valid?

  13. kestrel27 says:

    I will guarantee you that all those voting twice are DEMOCRATS. Don’t hand me the nonsense that we have close elections so it doesn’t matter, it does, but you have to ask yourself, why is it always DEMOCRATS

  14. Jennifer says:

    12 down, 50 million to go.

  15. NowYouKnow says:

    Mail ballots invites mischief. And we do a higher percentage of mail than any other state.

  16. jas wats says:

    SO only a black man is guilty of this? CBS is just a bunch of racists. Like all leftists.

  17. D3F1ANT says:

    The Left mock Trump because he refuses to be taken by their vote fraud…as we are deluged by stories from all over the nation about voter fraud occurring! It’s just lame. We can all see how the Democrats work. Just look at how Bernie “lost” the primary!

  18. Holly says:

    I learned today that drinking white milk is racist.

  19. Holly says:

    As a Colorado Voter, I feel that a mail in voting system has extremely high potential for fraud. I WANT to go to a polling place, show my US Citizen ID, and vote on a paper ballot. This needs to continue until law and order returns to the US and we have a government in place that is not run by criminals.

  20. For every one they catch, there are 1,000 they miss….

  21. And remember: Picture ID to vote = Racist!

    Picture ID to Enter Democrat Convention = Not racist

  22. DTH says:

    What angers me most is that these votes are never pulled after the election. So, essentially they can still kill my vote.

  23. Vince says:

    But Obama said that voter fraud is practically non-existent. He’s a nobel prize winner, so he must be right. God help us.

  24. “Voter fraud doesn’t exist.” – democrats

  25. Richard Thompson says:

    I dont care which party they are from, all methods should be used to catch them and make all of the serve max prison time and max fines. Maybe that will deter more from doing it.

    Now if you are caught stuffing ballot boxes, then you should get prison time, max fine and lose your right to vote in any elections from now on.

    If you are illegal and vote, you should be marked as someone that can never get US Citizenship and deported immediately.

  26. Joe Campbell says:

    But…obama has stated that there is no fraud…Another of one of his lies!

  27. Just happy to see Colorado is going after these people, Conservative or Liberal… Go Trump/Pence 2016!!!

  28. Mike Herman says:

    Of course dead people vote twice. They’re called Democrats.

  29. Shooter says:

    Democrats will deflect, deny, and minimize.

    “So? A few voters do it twice…what’s the big deal? A few votes won’t affect an election either way.”

    See how that works?

  30. David Gurney says:

    Probably thousands of Jews voted in Florida and New York in 2000.After collecting their exorbitant rents on the 1st,they flew down to Boca to vote there-and wound up voting for Buchanan anyway by mistake.

  31. Thank you for listing the names of those who voted twice.

  32. jasonn13 says:

    Possibly too stoned to know they’ve already voted once for HIllary? Naw.

  33. Come on is there anyone that doesn’t already know that the Democrats do this year after year state after state. Why the hick do you think they don’t want people to be ID before they are allowed to vote. The Democrats have never believed in the citizens of America to make the correct decision, at least the one the Democrats believe is the correct one.. That is why they want to take the vote out of the American citizens hands and give it to their own hand picked voters.
    The Democrats plan to do what ever it takes to win, even if it is buying and paying illegals to vote by using you Social Security, unemployment insurance and Medicare to buy their votes.

  34. TRUMP 2016! stop these criminal Marxists!!!

  35. T.A. says:

    Notice NO mention of Democrats voting twice!

  36. Joe E in the IE says:

    DNC/HRC campaign reaction: “Only twice!? Come on, get with goddam program, people!”

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