MESA COUNTY, Colo. — With the presidential election right around the corner and many states shifting to allow mail-in ballots due to COVID-19 concerns, some people are worried about seeing a rise in voter fraud.
Voter fraud usually is not a huge problem in Mesa County.
According to Mesa County’s District Attorney’s Office, just a few residents are charged yearly. But, District Attorney Dan Rubestein says he understands the concerns about all voter fraud because by the time fraud is identified, and the justice system is notified– it’s often too late.
“We are getting these quite a bit after the election is over, so there is a valid concern that if there was an uptick– we wouldn’t be able to have it in time to correct for the election, we would be able to due what we traditionally do in prosecutions, which is deal with what happened in the past, down the road, but we cant fix what happened in the past.” – Daniel Rubenstein, Mesa County District Attorney
Rubenstein goes on to say it’s a legitimate concern, but in Mesa County, the number of fraudulent vote’s is not historically high, even with Colorado’s long-standing vote-by-mail allowance.