Charges not filed in possible vote fraud case
Vote fraud charges have not been filed in Marble’s recent municipal election, said Darrah Miller, deputy court clerk for the 7th Judicial District in Gunnison.
The district attorney’s office did not return repeated phone calls concerning the case.
The case involves part time Marble residents J.D. and Martha Roberts, who also live in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area.
Poll watcher Vince Savage filed a complaint about the Robertses following the April 2 town council and mayoral election. Savage claimed the couple unlawfully cast absentee ballots in the election, because they are also registered in Terrant County, Texas, and voted in a Texas election in March.
In an April 5 Glenwood Springs Post Independent article, Martha Roberts admitted she and her husband are registered to vote in Texas and Colorado, and they also mailed in absentee ballots in the Marble election.
Roberts said she and her husband didn’t think they were breaking the law, because they never voted twice in the same election, such as a presidential race.
Marble Town Clerk Karen Mulhall said the Roberts’ votes weren’t counted. In the mayoral race, incumbent Bob Leone defeated challenger Mike Evans 35 to 12. The question of whether to sell town was approved 32 to 16, and the question of whether to eliminate term limits passed 28 to 19. Incumbents Wayne Brown and Robert Pettijohn ran unopposed.
When asked why she and her husband wanted to vote in Marble’s election, Martha said, “We wanted to make some changes.”
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