Ex-GOP chair is found guilty

The Denver Post - - NEWS - The Den­ver Post By Jesse Paul Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­post.com or @JesseAPaul

Steve Cur­tis, a former chair­man of the Colorado Repub­li­can Party, faces up to three years in prison af­ter be­ing con­victed Thurs­day of voter fraud and forgery for sign­ing his ex-wife’s bal­lot dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion, pros­e­cu­tors say.

The 58-year-old, who also was a KLZ ra­dio host, was charged in Fe­bru­ary af­ter author­i­ties say DNA ev­i­dence and hand­writ­ing anal­y­sis linked him to the bal­lot of his ex, Kelly Cur­tis.

The Weld County Dis­trict At­tor­ney’s Of­fice says court tes­ti­mony dur­ing Cur­tis’ trial re­vealed that Kelly Cur­tis had moved to Charleston, S.C., in De­cem­ber 2015. When she called the county’s clerk and recorder to get her mail-in bal­lot, she was told she had al­ready voted.

Pros­e­cu­tors found Cur­tis forged his ex-wife’s name on her bal­lot and mailed it in.

Cur­tis claimed dur­ing the trial that he signed her bal­lot while he was suf­fer­ing from a mid­dle-ofthe-night di­a­betic episode and then un­know­ingly mailed it in the next day, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors and The Gree­ley Tri­bune.

Cur­tis’ at­tor­ney claimed his client “has a no­to­ri­ously bad his­tory of mon­i­tor­ing and con­trol­ling his blood sugar,” ac­cord­ing to the news­pa­per.

But Deputy Weld County Dis­trict At­tor­ney Tate Costin told jurors Cur­tis “knew ex­actly what he was do­ing,” ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease.

“He re­mem­bers specifics about al­most ev­ery­thing else,” Costin said. “He re­mem­bers so many de­tails — the only thing he doesn’t re­mem­ber is the time pe­riod in which he com­mit­ted two crimes.”

The Tri­bune re­ports mem­bers of a Weld County jury de­lib­er­ated for about four hours be­fore re­turn­ing their ver­dict against Cur­tis, which could also leave him with a sen­tence of pro­ba­tion.

“Vot­ing is one of the most im­por­tant rights we have as Amer­i­can cit­i­zens, and the de­fen­dant de­lib­er­ately stole that right away from Ms. Cur­tis,” Dis­trict At­tor­ney Michael Rourke said in a writ­ten state­ment. “He saw an op­por­tu­nity to vote twice in one of the most im­por­tant pres­i­den­tial elec­tions in re­cent his­tory and in­ten­tion­ally de­frauded our sys­tem.”

Rourke added: “No mat­ter the po­lit­i­cal party you be­long to, we must al­ways stand up to those who strip away the rights of oth­ers.”

Cur­tis, who was the state’s GOP chair­man in the late 1990s, is sched­uled for sen­tenc­ing on Jan. 26.

Steve Cur­tis signed his exwife’s bal­lot dur­ing the 2016 elec­tion, pros­e­cu­tors say.

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