In October 2019, I, Lynn Powell mistakenly voted twice when I received a second ballot after doing an address change during the election cycle. At that time I made the great error of assuming the first ballot wasn’t valid. This was a terrible assumption on my part and created a legal issue for me that was costly and difficult.
Voting twice in any election is a serious crime and can result in the voter being charged with fraud. These types of charges can negatively impact a person’s life in many ways. If during any election you receive more than one ballot be very careful that you only submit one. Please do check the status of your ballot online, as I should have, to confirm whether it has been received by the elections office. Never assume in this situation that it wasn’t and submit another one. In addition, call the El Paso County Elections Department and let them know you have received more than one ballot.
I cannot urge every voter strongly enough to be a responsible voter and avoid making this same serious mistake that I did.
Lynn Powell, signed on October 21, 2021
In October of 2019, I, Paul Eckstein, mistakenly voted twice in the same election when two mail in ballots were inadvertently sent to my home address. Voting twice in any election is illegal and can result in criminal charges. It is the voter’s responsibility to make sure that you have not, nor will not, cast more than one ballot in any election. If for any reason you receive more than one ballot in any election, please let the El Paso County Elections Department know at (719) 575-VOTE (8683). Do not vote both ballots as this could be considered a serious crime. I deeply regret this and urge every voter to avoid a similar mistake.
Paul Eckstein, signed on March 17, 2021
“Voter fraud is a serious crime. Be sure to vote your own ballot, and that your signature is clear. If you receive a ballot that is not yours, let the El Paso County Elections Department know at (719) 575-VOTE (8683). Every vote is a voice – make sure it’s your own.”
Citizen of El Paso County who pleaded guilty to voting twice penalty.