Close race in Colorado increases fears of election fraud

DENVER — With the presidential race so close in Colorado, fears of election fraud are running high.

Some voters worry their vote won’t count, but election officials say they are working to make sure every vote is counted correctly.

Jacqueline Long was excited to mail in her ballot, but then she got a letter in the mail saying she had a signature discrepancy.  “My signature has not changed,” she said.

She had to fill out a signature affidavit and mail in a copy of her ID, and she found it peculiar, but election officials say that is a normal part of the election process. “We count all votes,” said Alton Dillard with the Denver Elections Division. “This is a voter protection,” he said.

With our state so close, there will be extra scrutiny.

“We have concerns that there could be folks out there trying to keep people who are eligible to vote from voting, and that voters who go to the polls may be confronted with challenges or get misinformation,” said Elena Nunez with Colorado Common Cause.

Election staff will be working long hours with monitors in many locations.

Colorado Secretary of State Scott Gessler says there have been some accusations about the touch screen voting machines, and his office is looking into each one. “When people press Romney in some instances there’s some complaints that it shows up for Obama. So we’ve investigated that,” Gessler said.

At least one of those machines has been pulled off line.