Colorado Democrat charged with voter fraud

A Colorado Democrat has been charged with lying about his place of residence when he voted in 2020.

State senator Pete Lee, who represents Colorado Springs, is facing up to three years in jail and a $100,000 fine, the AP reported.

Democrat charged

Lee is accused of having “voted giving false information” about where he lives, which is a class 5 felony in the state, when he voted on March 3, 2020, in the Democratic presidential primary.

He was recorded on a hot mic saying he was “really stressed out” about a story in the news about his place of residence as he faced accusations of not living in his district, the Colorado Sun reported.

Lee’s conversation was inadvertently captured while he was in a video call during a Senate session. He was heard saying he pays taxes from a home he owns in his district but conceded he doesn’t spend nights there. He also acknowledged that it’s a crime to vote outside one’s place of residence.

An initial hearing in El Paso County is scheduled for September 8. His lawyer said, “the charge will be vigorously challenged.”

Fellow Democrat and Senate President Steve Fenberg, D-Boulder, called Lee a “dedicated public servant.”

The irony…

Lee, who chairs the Senate judiciary committee, said he asked to be taken off interim committees on judicial discipline and behavioral health in the criminal justice system “to avoid having my personal circumstances become a distraction.” He is not running for re-election.

The charges against him are pretty ironic, seeing that Democrats, including Lee, have spent the past two years insisting that voter fraud isn’t a real problem.

“What we are being told is to protect the integrity of the system, to prevent voter fraud, to prevent people coming in who are not registered to vote to come in and vote. Well, I would suggest that the voter fraud argument is a fraud itself,” Lee said in January.

If Democrats stopped being hypocrites, would they stop breathing, too?

Lee also unsuccessfully pushed a bill last year to reduce the state’s prison population that would have prevented the arrest of criminals suspected of various felonies, including class 5 felonies.

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