GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4) – Felony charges have been filed against a Golden-based certified public accountant for twice voting for her father, who passed away in 2012.

Toni Lee Newbill (credit: CBS)

Toni Lee Newbill (credit: CBS)

In October prosecutors filed two felony forgery charges against Toni Lee Newbill, charging her with first voting for her father in a 2013 general election and then again casting a ballot for her father in a 2016 Republican primary election.

Her father, Ralph Nanninga, died in 2012 in El Paso County at the age of 86.

Ralph Nanninga (credit: CBS)

Ralph Nanninga (credit: CBS)

“It certainly wasn’t the best decision on her part but it was an act of outright frustration,” said her attorney Chris Samuelson. He explained that after her father’s death, Newbill kept receiving ballots intended for her father — a registered Republican — and that she attempted to have him removed from active voter rolls.

“She received numerous ballots. She shredded some, she threw some away, she wrote on envelopes and mailed them back,” Samuelson said.

But Samuelson said when she could not get her father’s name off the voter rolls, she became exasperated and voted for him.

“She did not intend to commit a crime, she did not intend to cast a ballot, she was just trying to get their attention.”

In January 2015, the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder sent Newbill a form to have her deceased father removed from voting rolls. It’s unclear if Newbill completed and returned the form.

Toni Lee Newbill (credit: CBS)

Toni Lee Newbill (credit: CBS)

Newbill’s father joins a list of half a dozen dead Colorado voters identified in an ongoing CBS4 Investigation as having cast ballots, and another dozen Colorado voters who have been found to have voted twice in the same election.

Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested why some Coloradans are attempting to circumvent the system.

“Both candidates have anger directed toward them and that anger makes people take the law into their own hands. These are individuals who are so inflamed they break the law. They feel so passionately that the ends justify the means even if they break the law. They’re justified because they can’t stand the alternative.”

John Hickenlooper (credit: CBS)

CBS4’s Brian Maass interviews Gov. John Hickenlooper. (credit: CBS)

Hickenlooper went on to point out that the number of people trying to “game” the system is small when compared to the millions who vote. Still, he says, “Every county clerk should be looking — we should be taking this seriously. They can find no indication anyone is organizing this criminal behavior.”

Denver elections director Amber McReynolds told CBS4 her agency has multiple safeguards and processes in place to make sure the election is accurate, secure, transparent and accountable.

Amber McReynolds (credit: CBS)

Amber McReynolds (credit: CBS)

She says it would be very hard to cheat on a mass scale.

“In terms of the number of votes being cast over all these years, it is a small number comparatively, but to us it’s significant because we strive for perfection.”

Other election officials have also said while any fraudulent ballots being cast are problematic, the number is small compared the number of votes counted.

Toni Newbill — who most recently was registered as a Republican, had previously been registered as a Democrat. She is scheduled to appear in court in El Paso County later this month.

Comments (90)
  1. scotttalks9511 says:

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  2. Democrats know it’s much easier, and more effective, to rig a union-made voting machine.

  3. What if someone casts a vote as an illegal alien? Is that considered fraud? I’m stuck on this one. On one hand, the poserdent says illegals should vote, but I guess he means that they must be real illegal aliens? And, does that mean that the illegal alien maximum vote limit is still nore more than 10 times per election? All these rules are hard to keep up with…unless you’re a White American Male, in which case you shouldn’t be voting anyway, just bending over and lubing up with the KY. OK, there, I answered my own question.

  4. Whirly Bird says:

    Did she fill out numerous credit card applications in her father’s name as well? You know how those keep coming in the mail. Her defence is BS. She should do jail time.

  5. Paul Pelosi says:

    Per the Shyster, “She was just trying to get the government’s attention.” Well, she did and maybe they could give her about $20,000 in fines. And as for the Governor saying Trump’s claim that it’s rigged is nonsense – what is he deaf, dumb and blind? This is REAL. Hillary’s gang’s dirty tricks are real. Who is naive enough to think that things can’t be rigged? Why doesn’t the Gov just say, “Move along. Nothing to see here.”

  6. I do this all the time. Both of my deceased parents were lifelong Democrats, but switched upon passing. And, both of my ex-wives still get ballots mailed to my address. Hey, I just pick up my mail, fill the ballots in for Republicans, and send them back. I guess the only thing I’ve noticed is that all dead and divorced people’s signatures sure look similar. You know, our country is a lost cause, anyway. All these elections are just for show. The real power is in the hands of the puppetmasters — corporations and the Fed and Zionists. Honest, it’s just like watching TV, and just as fake, so, no, I don’t feel guilty. Kind of having fun, you know? For a real laugh, I recite the Pledge of Allegiance! What a hoot!

  7. And the Hildabeast can break all the laws she choses. Not the least of which is tasking her “maid” that doesn’t have a security clearance access to classified material. THAT’S NOT a felony though because the “O’Commster” says so.

    Nobody going to lock her up though.

    K/H D

  8. Dang, maybe she’ll get off because the FBI says she had no intent.

  9. “Felony charges have been filed against a Colorado resident for twice voting for her father, who passed away in 2012.”

    Great writing, in the article’s lead sentence no less. So, did the woman write her father’s name in? Because in this presidential election, only the children of Donald Trump can be said to have “voted for their father”.

    So no. The woman didn’t *vote for her father*, as the man is obviously *dead* and not running for *anything*. Correctly put, SHE ILLEGALLY CAST A BALLOT *INTENDED* FOR HER FATHER.

    A college degree doesn’t mean much these days, does it.

  10. Rico Soiree says:

    > “It certainly wasn’t the best decision on her part but it was an act of outright frustration”

    Typical female: using emotions to excuse crimes.

    Treat her like a mail and jail her!

  11. I remind that, in a nationally televised interview with the current occupant of the White House, a particularly brazen “Dreamer” just announced her and her fellow illegals’ intention to vote in this election, because as they see it they possess a moral right to do so.

    WAKE UP.

  12. Stu Pedasso says:

    I wonder who Jimmy Hoffa voted for this year?

  13. Fact:

    We will never have secure voting until conservatives start cheating in droves — and making sure that liberals know about it.

    Only when Democrats realize that supporters of the GOP will not “unilaterally disarm” while the left have been stealing elections for generations will we see movement on this issue. Secure voting for all, or secure voting for none.

  14. Greg Bell says:

    Perhaps some fact checking here? We here in Colorado did not have a 2016 Republican primary. I know, I left the party over it.

  15. rosietheterrorist says:

    CBS never investigated the massive voter fraud in Philadelphia where over 135% of registered Democrats have voted for decades, or the same or higher turnout (how the eff do over 100% of registered Dems do it? simple: ballot box stuffing) in Boston, St. Louis, CO, Mi, and Ohio where a black female poll worker voted for Obama 6 times and she did 5 years.
    Nor did CBS investigate the Clinton’s assertion (they were the Original birthers) that Obama was not, as the Clintons insisted, a natural born citizen. Hell’s bells, both Obama and his sister have stated on different occasions that Obama was born in 2 different hospitals in Hawaii. Obama’s own grandmother stated she was in the room in Kenya when he was born, and Obama told his own Literary Agent that he was born in Kenya and was not an American.

  16. Scott Dailey says:

    Notice how it was fine when she was a Democrat. But when she became a Republican that was when they went after her.

  17. People always understand the seriousness of their actions *after* they commit the crime. Did she ever think to shred the ballot?

  18. ““She did not intend to commit a crime”
    Sorry but the intent clause only works for Hillary.

  19. Ken Valley says:

    Interesting how the leftist media like this slimey CBS station will report on voter fraud by a Repub, but utterly silenced on rampant voter fraud by the DemoRATS! Biased? Corrupt? You bet! There are so many cases of ballot box stuffing and rigged George Soros machines out there, but this biased local lapdog will never report them. You’re part of the swamp, CBS Denver!

  20. Moving forward every state in our republic needs to revert to ‘old school paper chad’ ballots!!!

  21. An act of frustration because she kept receiving ballots in the mail and her lawyer thinks that’s okay? I keep getting these irritating credit card and checking account offers in the mail, so does that mean it’s okay to rob the bank out of frustration?

  22. Of course this woman should be charged with a felony, but why do I read about a Republican being charged and have never heard of a Democrat being charged with a felony. I have read about many Dems being caught but never what they are charged with.

  23. The penalty for this should be the loss of your right to vote in a national election forever. That’s far less than lengthy jail sentences or capital punishment that some propose, and it addresses the crime directly.

  24. No where did it say she voted republican, just that her dad was a registered republican, I suspect she voted Democrat, because that is what those people with a immoral corrupt crooked candidate do!

    1. Sure it does. It says she voted in a Republican primary and if you vote in a Republican primary, it’s not possible to vote for a Democrat (except a rino).

  25. Amazing I thought the Dead only voted Democrat!

  26. Russ Voshell says:

    She broke the law and her name is not Hillary so of to jail for her. She made a poor decision and being an educated professional, she deserves to be severely punished for her VOTER FRAUD.

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