While completing Data Entry from the Colorado Department of Revenue (CDOR), Driver License Division on 02/13/2020, Sandra Brown, Election Coordinator, came across a change for a Voter.
Updating the record of Dale Robert Ross, Sandra received an alert from the automatic crosscheck system with the Colorado Department of Public Health & Environment (CDPHE), matching a deceased individual. In her research, Sandra found the voter record was canceled on 03/06/2018 as deceased, and then was reinstated 05/08/2018 as an active voter.
Based on the Election Department research, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters contacted District Attorney, Daniel Rubenstein, 02/14/2020. He reviewed the information and assigned an investigator who contacted Sandra on 02/18/2020 to discuss her research and documentation. On 07/24/2020, Clerk Peters received documents from the District Attorney’s Office regarding the Elections Department being a victim in a case against Larry J. Talbert. The Investigator informed Clerk Peters that the case against Talbert was the same as the Voter, Dale Robert Ross.
According to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel blotter, “Larry Talbert, 54, is accused of identity theft, attempting to influence a public servant and money laundering and received a $25,000 cash surety bond in Mesa County Court on Wednesday. The 21st Judicial District Attorneys Office was contacted by a Mesa County Elections staff member in February for an apparent election fraud. The staff member discovered a 2018 ballot involving a person with the same name, date of birth and last four digits of a Social Security number for someone who died in Mesa County in 1982.”
Sandra was very surprised by the outcome, and pleased with her research leading to the arrest. “My father has taught me throughout my life that anything worth doing is worth doing right,” says Mrs. Brown “this case just goes to show that he was right and I’m glad that he instilled this belief in me. If we hadn’t taken voter fraud seriously Larry Talbert would continue to elude the legal issues that started him on this deceptive path almost 40 years ago.”
Clerk Peters says, “I am very pleased with the entire Election Department team. We have received so many compliments from longtime Election Judges and the Public about the department.”