Morse Campaign Chief Files Complaint Against Caldara Over ‘Gypsy’ Vote

September 12, 2013

CALDARA:  “Don’t complain about me. Complain to the governor for signing [the bill] into law”

CALDARA: “Don’t complain about me. Complain to the governor for signing [the bill] into law”

DENVER–The head of the failed campaign to save Senate President John Morse wants to see charges brought against Independence Institute president Jon Caldara over his gypsy vote in Colorado Springs.

Christy Le Lait, campaign chair of A Whole Lot of People for John Morse, filed a complaint Tuesday with the El Paso County District Attorney’s office accusing Caldara of breaking the law when he cast a blank ballot in the Morse recall election.

“This appears to be a flagrant attack on our election system,” said Le Lait in a statement. “Jon Caldara’s childish stunt, meant to prove a misguided point, has ultimately undermined the public’s faith in our democracy. It was a shameful act, and it was a crime.”

Caldara insists he was just following the rules laid out under the state legislature’s newly approved Voter Access and Modernized Elections Act, which some analysts say allows voters to cast ballots in outside jurisdictions as long as they intend to move there.

A longtime Boulder resident, Caldara says he intended to move to Colorado Springs when he cast the ballot, and had even rented a room from a friend in Senate District 11.

“Don’t complain about me. Complain to the governor for signing it [the bill] into law,” said Caldara.

His argument received a boost from the Denver Post editorial board, which ran an editorial Monday entitled, “Jon Caldara’s Political Stunt Had a Purpose.”

“But even stunts of dubious legality may prove a point — namely how easy it apparently is under Colorado’s new election law to commit fraud,” said the editorial. “The same-day registration rules under House Bill 1303 are dismayingly lax, as we suggested in an editorial in April.”

The editorial continues, “It is not enough for defenders of the statute to point out that it is illegal to mislead election officials, or that election fraud is relatively rare in Colorado. If it is easier than it used to be to skirt the law through an 11th-hour registration, that’s disturbing.”

Le Lait contends in her complaint that Caldara may have committed a felony by “knowingly giving false information about his place of residence.”

Ryan Parsell, spokesman for El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Wayne Williams, has said that the office will refer any “suspicious activity” to District Attorney Dan May, but declined to speculate on whether the Caldara episode qualifies.

Williams said in a statement Monday that Caldara’s vote was “not a disruption” after Gov. John Hickenlooper expressed concern over anyone who would “make a mockery of the democratic process.”

The governor signed the elections bill, also known as House Bill 1303, in May. The measure was passed by the Democratic state legislature with no Republican votes.


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5 Responses to Morse Campaign Chief Files Complaint Against Caldara Over ‘Gypsy’ Vote

  1. Bob Terry
    September 12, 2013 at 8:12 am

    I assume because Mr. Morse was recalled… now this is a felony or a disruption. I believe that if this went in the Liberal Democrats favor…No Harm No Foul. This HB 1303, is so flawed, so badly written it should be taken off the books..Funny the Governor complained, and wanted this done, that done and charges filed. And was told sorry we warned you and you signed it into law anyway.. HELLO?.. So what makes Christy La Lait think she has any more pull over this? Bad laws reap bad results… Plus a ghost or gypsy ballot not even cast yes or no .. or marked for any candidate or a write in..It proved a point, and I can say this:

    Democrats along with Mr Morse wrote this mess…NOW it is “undermining the public’s faith in the democracy”. “A flagrant attack on the election system” If anybody caused that,alleged lack of faith, it was not Mr Caldera… BUT the Democrats who wrote and supported this Bill and the Governor for signing it. Maybe these people should have charges filed against them for incompetence and outright stupidity.. Funny when Democrat legislation, and it was rushed in earlier than it was supposed to be, bit them in the hind end, instead of the backdoor results of Keeping and voting in Democrats.

    People do we really want these type of people and the legislation and disgust they spew at the people that elected them, in power? Hopefully we are not that foolish to let this continue

  2. Laurie
    September 12, 2013 at 9:05 am

    Will the Wisconsin students from CC who voted also be investigated as to where they were residing prior to the dorms opening? Colorado requires 22 day residency to vote and the dorms weren’t open 22 days prior to the election…

  3. wrongheifer
    September 12, 2013 at 10:14 am

    Morse, Le Lait and all the PROGRESSIVES created this stinking ‘flagrant’ atmosphere of a voter fraud free for all… Caldera was doing the visuals so he could illustrate for the Democrats how many holes there are in their New and Improved Colorado Voter Laws… The slop this Legislature passed for laws this season is abominable! This is the first step to the repeal of this flawed law as well as about 6 others! Thank you Jon Caldera!

  4. wendell
    September 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

    Stay tuned for the whining…..every vote will be carefully examined now that the libtards lost……face it ….it was a bad idea….it didn’t serve the people in Colorado…..and the PEOPLE is who the politicians represent…not mayor bloomberg

  5. rob harris
    September 12, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Where were those college students 22 days before they registered to vote?


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