A former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party has been charged with both a felony and misdemeanor for forging his ex-wife's ballot for the 2016 presidential election. A conservative radio show host, he had previously accused Democrats of exclusively committing voter fraud.
On March 21, Steve Curtis appeared in court in Weld County, Colorado, to be advised on his felony count for forgery of a public record and a misdemeanor count of voter fraud. During the 2016 presidential election, he had allegedly filled out a mail-in ballot in his ex-wife's name and forged her signature.
Curtis, 57, served as chairman to the Colorado GOP from 1997 to 1999. In 2011, he spearheaded an advisory board for the Denver Tea Party Patriots and currently works as a radio host on Colorado station KLZ 560.
"We're not going to talk about this," Curtis told KDVR when he was asked to comment on the charges.
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If convicted on either count, the former state Republican chairman could be sentenced to a maximum of three years for forging his ex-wife's signature and up to 18 months and a $5,000 fine for committing election fraud.
Kelly Curtis, the radio show host's ex-wife, had moved to South Carolina shortly before the election but was still registered to vote in Colorado. She discovered that an illegal ballot had been mailed in her name when she called the Weld County Elections Office to ask how to cast an absentee ballot, only to be told that her vote had already been counted. The couple were married for nine months before Kelly left her husband.
"I was just completely stunned," Kelly said. "I thought there had to be some kind of mistake."
The mail-in ballot had been sent from her ex-husband's home in Firestone, Colorado. After the Weld County clerk and recorder examined the ballot and determined that the signature did not match his ex-wife's records, Curtis was arrested on Feb. 1.
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"It was demeaning and presumptuous, and I had no idea what would go on in someone's mind to cast my ballot for me illegally, actually to go to all the trouble to forge my ballot," Kelly said.
In October 2016, Curtis asserted during his radio show that election fraud was exclusively committed by Democratic voters.
"It seems to be, and correct me if I'm wrong here, but virtually every case of voter fraud I can remember in my lifetime was committed by Democrats," Curtis said, according to KMGH.
His ex-wife believes his alleged crime makes him a hypocrite.
"For somebody that speaks out for the Constitution and voters' rights and our right as U.S. citizens, it definitely goes against what he talks about on his shows and how he lives his life as everyone has their right to vote," Kelly said.
The Colorado Secretary of State's Office noted that Curtis is the only Colorado resident so far to face charges of voter fraud for the 2016 presidential election.