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April 4th, 2023 Election
Democracy-at-risk

Plagued with Chain of Custody Flaws, Dubious Practices & Uncooperative City Administration, Colorado Springs candidates and voters demand answers.

Don't take our word, 

download the ballot transit logs from the City, and you be the judge:

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Transit Logs the City failed to provide in the first CORA request here.

To see the initial summary, you can click here.
First Update after City supplied missing transit logs is here.

INVESTIGATION FINDINGS RE: ELECTION COMPLAINT DATED SEPTEMBER25,2023

(reposted from the City Attorney's posted response which you can download here.)

 

The Office of the City Attorney (“Office”) is in receipt of a complaint dated September 25, 2023 (“Complaint”), filed with the El Paso County Clerk and Recorder (“County Clerk”) and forwarded to this Office by the County Clerk on September 29, 2023 (attached).

 

Pursuant to the Code of the City of Colorado Springs 2001, as amended (“City Code”) § 5.1.218(A):

 

Any person may file an affidavit or complaint stating the name of any person who has violated any of the provisions of this chapter or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code and stating the facts which constitute the alleged offense with the City Attorney. Upon the filing of an affidavit, the City Attorney shall investigate, and if reasonable grounds are found, the City Attorney shall prosecute the violation in the Municipal Court in the same manner as other ordinance violations.

 

While the Complaint was not filed as an affidavit and would not, therefore, trigger an investigation as set forth in City Code § 5.1.128(A), this Office chose to investigate the allegations set forth in the Complaint. The Office reviewed relevant documentation, including but not limited to the City Code, the Colorado Revised Statutes, the City’s mail ballot plan, and responses to Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”) requests. Additionally, the Office conducted interviews of members of the City Clerk’s Office with personal knowledge of the information contained in the Complaint. Each allegation is addressed below in the order presented within the Complaint.

 

1. The Complaint alleges, “[t]wo deceased voters. This information begs the question of how that could happen.”

 

This Office finds that, pursuant to City Code § 5.1.115, the City Clerk received a list of registered voters from the County Clerk, who is charged with responsibility for maintaining the list. Based on the list provided by the County Clerk, City election ballots were mailed to registered voters. The City Clerk became aware of ballots sent to two deceased individuals through communications from Integrity Matters. The City Clerk determined one of the ballots was returned to the City via the United States Postal Service (“USPS”), indicating that the person listed on the ballot was deceased. As a result, that individual ballot was never processed and counted. The other ballot in question has been referred to the Colorado Springs

 

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Police Department at the request of the City Clerk for investigation and potential criminal charges. Any alleged election violation resulting from these ballots being returned would be specific to the individual returning the ballot. This Office found no evidence to substantiate reasonable grounds that the City Clerk’s Office violated any provision of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

The City Clerk did not refer this to the Colorado Springs Police, Dr. John Pitchford had to and did so on X date.  County Commissioner Steve Schleiker also filed with the District Attorney's office on X date.  Strangely, the "investigation" was not begun until X date.  The City Attorney's office took no action until multiple attempts were made asking for answers.

 

2. The Complaint alleges, “[a] bizarrely low signature sensitivity setting of 25, on a scale of 0-99, when the County uses 55.”

 

This allegation was addressed by the City’s response to Integrity Matters’ Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”) requests regarding this allegation. This Office finds that the County Clerk does not use the same automatic signature verification software system as the City. It is beyond the scope of this investigation to compare or determine the appropriateness in software settings for different types of automatic signature verification programs. This allegation does not set forth reasonable grounds that a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code occurred.

Integrity Matters asked for further explanation of how the signature setting is so low.  It's irrelevant that the systems were different, and we are not certain that the software itself, in fact, is not the same in spite of the brands being different.  Most importantly, the scales are almost identical.  There's no logical reason for the signature verification setting to be half the sensitivity that the county uses and is the only explanation for dead voters (at least 1 signature made it through and an investigation will likely show more).  

 

3. The Complaint alleges, “[t]wenty-six thousand four hundred voters (over 25% of the total) had never voted in a Municipal Election in 2011.”

 

This is not an allegation that would constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

It's a fact that, when coupled with the copius irregularities, should trigger a foresnic investigation.  The City Attorney continues to betray her duties to protect the public and uphold the state standards for elections (find a statement from state code to insert here.)

 

4. The Complaint alleges, “[n]umerous Chain of Custody problems” including:

 

a. “1,199 ballots slumbered somewhere.”

 

This allegation was previously addressed by the City’s response to Integrity Matters’ CORA requests. The Office finds that, following election worker training conducted by the City Clerk’s Office on the morning of March 13, 2023, ballot pickups occurred in the late afternoon of the same day. The ballots were transported in sealed ballot transfer boxes to the City Administration Building (“CAB”) between 4:30-5:00 P.M. The sealed ballot transfer boxes were stored overnight in a secured room in the City Clerk’s Office in the CAB, and then subsequently unsealed and processed the next day. There is no evidence substantiating a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Someone is being dishonest.  We have a text from Ms. Sallie Clark, a mayoral candidate, on May 4th, 2023, who was also questioning results and asked Ms. Johnson about this.  Ms. Johnson's reply was, "That's impossible."  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Furthermore, there is no chain of custody (evidence) that supports this nor do the video cameras show it.  Since Ms. Massey claims to have investigated this, she must have clearly seen this in their own data.  Once again, Ms. Massey betrays her oath to the public to "insert language about the job of City Attorney and/or language from state law regarding insuring fair elections).

b. “397 votes have no transit logs.”

This Office finds that the total number of ballots tallied on the transit logs plus the ballots received by the City Clerk’s office from the USPS reconcile with the total number of ballots processed for the election. There are no reasonable grounds to substantiate a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Ms. Massey clearly did not do a thorough investigation.  Below are the dates where there are discrepancies between the transit logs and the count reported in the summary by the City Clerk (transit log numbers-City Reported Totals):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Give that the City Clerk failed to give us X number of ballots representing X number of votes, the first times, it's pos sible she has more transit logs that were not produced in the CORA request; however, that does not account for the numberous discrepancies that also exist where there are more ballots reported than log totals show.  Once again, Ms. Massey clearly did not do a thorough investigation abrogating her duties (insert chief legal attorney duty to uphold law and state legal duty to uphold election).  The Attorney General must investigate both Ms. Massey and call for a forensic audit into the 4/4/2023 election.

 

c. “Three hundred nine ballots that have no location for a net of 88 votes, at a minimum, now are reported without any possible transit log.”

 

This Office finds that there is no evidence substantiating this allegation and there are no reasonable grounds to substantiate a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

See above chart.  Same answer.

 

d. “Seventeen ballots collected on 3/29/2023 from the UCCS drop-box were not logged into the City Clerk’s Office until the following day, 3/30, on the log.

 

The City Clerk reported 0 ballots on 3/29 at that location.” This Office finds that any ballot pickups received after approximately 5:00 PM remained in sealed ballot transfer boxes and were stored overnight in secured room in the City Clerk’s Office in the CAB. The ballots were then unsealed and processed the following day. There are no reasonable grounds to substantiate a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code. 

Where is the evidence of chain of custody to prove this?  This is an unacceptable response with no evidence to prove this claim.  

 

e. “Every transit log had an error, missing a date, time, illegible signature, no transit seal number, etc.”

 

This Office finds that there were 767 ballot transit logs completed during the April 4, 2023, election. Each log has multiple data entry areas on the sheet for location, date, time, signatures, and seal numbers. Ninety-six of the 767 ballot transit logs had one data element missing in one section. Sixty-three logs were missing date/time in one area, 23 were missing a signature in one area, 8 were missing one signature and a date/time, and 2 had seal numbers not written in the assigned box but the numbers were written on the log. Based on the remaining data on each log sheet and the totality of the circumstances, the City Clerk’s office concluded that ballot security was met. The evidence indicates that none of the missing data on any of the transit logs would constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

We have 767 logs too which means point 4b and 4c cannot be due to missing ballots.  A team of people methodically reviewed each and every ballot multiple times.  You can see the actual data entry for EVERY SINGLE FIELD ON EVERY SINGLE BALLOT.  The summary of those totals is markedly different than Ms. Massey's claims.  Once again, Ms. Massey clearly did not fulfill her obligations.....yada yada yada, repeat call for AG investigation.

 

f. “99.6% (764 of the 767) transit logs had illegible signatures, making it impossible to track the chain of custody transparently.”

 

This Office finds that there is no legal requirement for election judges’ signatures to be “legible.” Election judges are appointed by the City Clerk and are known to the Clerk and City Clerk’s Office staff. This Office finds that this allegation does not constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Once again, Ms. Massey clearly did not investigate this issue.  If she had, she would have seen that the signatures were in many cases literally a scratch and impossible to identify.  Furthermore, the point of the legal chain of custody provision is so that there is transparency in the processing of every vote.  It seems clear from the above discrepancies that even the City Clerk had problems identifying and attributing the ballots as evidenced by the bevy of discrepancies outlines above.  Ms. Massey violates her oath....yada, yada yado.  Call for AG.

 

g. “The ballot drop-box location needed clarification on 7 of the 767 logs, representing 309 votes.”

 

This Office finds that there is no evidence substantiating this allegation and that there are no reasonable grounds to find a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Again, Ms. Massey's investigation is a farce.  The evidence is in her own transit logs and data which she clearly did no investigte.  Here are some of the data.  More detail can be found in the spreadsheet which she had a link to

Location unclear on 7 out of 767 pickups

Date/Location/Transit Judge 1/Transit Judge 2/Prepare Time/Date/Transfer Time

3/14/2023, PPSC (Centennial or Rampart?),Illegible,Sibley Savoy?,12:58:00 PM,3/14/2023,1:07:00 PM

3/14/2023,RBD?, entered then crossed out by a different person and changed to Leon Young,J something,Illegible,12:54:00 PM,3/14/2023,12:54:00 PM

3/31/2023,687280,Illegible,Illegible,10:23?,3/31/2023,10:23?

4/3/2023,PPSC,Illegible,Jan Blosser?,8:41:00 AM,4/3/2023,8:41:00 AM

4/3/2023,PPSC,Illegible,Jan Blosser?,1:10:00 PM,4/3/2023,2:46:00 PM

4/3/2023,PPSC,Shannon W?,Illegible,12:36?,4/3/2023,12:40?

4/4/2023,PPSC,Illegible,Jan Blosser,9:23:00 AM,4/4/2023,9:23:00 AM

Ms. Massey continues to show she made zero effort to investigate the facts with data she has in her possession.  Insert line about her failing her job and call for AG.

 

h. “110 of the 767 transit logs accounting for 12,271 votes needed signatures.”

 

This Office finds that a total of 767 ballot transit logs were used in the April 4, 2023, election. Of those 767 logs, 23 were missing a signature in one area. The transit logs had more than one signature area and based on the remaining data on each log sheet and the totality of the circumstances, the City Clerk’s office concluded that ballot security was met. This Office finds that the Clerk’s Office’s conclusion was reasonable and that this allegation does not constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

 

Just an absolute falsehood.  Check the database and click the "missing signature" tab for the detail.  Again, Ms. Massey has this evidence in her possession.  The mountain of errors she continues to ignore or obfuscate clearly show she has violated her duties to [insert sentence and call for AG].

 

i. “Transit judges signed for the City Clerk receiving the ballots on 371 of the 767 pickups, representing 37,138 votes. The City Clerk should be signing these; that’s the point of that designation on the form.”

 

This Office finds that there is no legal requirement for the City Clerk to sign ballot transit logs. Transit judges are election workers/judges/City Clerk staff and are assigned other duties while not performing transit duties, to include opening and verifying sealed transit boxes as needed for the City Clerk’s Office. This allegation does not constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

The purpose of having two signatures for the City Clerk's office to sign for the ballots is obvious.  One cannot check oneself in as it would break the chain of custody.  It's the entire point of having a chain of custody.  [Insert the sentence about violating duties and call for AG.]

 

j. “Twenty-seven instances where the City Clerk reported totals do not match the transit logs.”

 

This Office finds that there is no evidence to substantiate this allegation and that there are no reasonable grounds to substantiate a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Ms. Massey clearly did not do an investigation or this would be clear.  See the chart above in 4b.  The total is actually higher.  It's 30 instances where the City Clerk reported totals that do not match the tranisit logs.  It's absolutely inexcusable that Ms. Massey claims no evidence.  Again....[insert sentence about violating duties and call for AG].

 

k. “A fraudulent log at the CAB on 4/4/2023 showed 387 votes, yet the chain of custody ballot box video shows it not opened at 7:06pm or any time near that as the log claimed.”

 

This Office finds that the 387 CAB log referenced in the Complaint was correct, however another CAB log of 336 ballots at 7:01 P.M. was misidentified and should have been attributed to the Powers DMV location. This mistake was identified by the City Clerk and does not constitute reasonable grounds to substantiate a violation of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Ask John how he wants to respond to this.

 

l. “Multiple instances of the transit seals to “lock the ballots in transit” were not used.”

 

This Office did not find that transit seals were missing. As a result, there are no reasonable grounds to substantiate a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Absolutely incorrect!  Ms. Massey has this data.  Their own video evidence shows this.  We provided two examples initially and have now found even more examples identified by "NEW" below.  Utterly false.  [Insert statement about violating duties and call for AG]

 

5. The Complaint alleges, “42% of the votes cast had no ballot box video coverage, which State Laws mandate a spart of the chain of custody of the ballots.”

 

This Office finds that neither Chapter 5 of the City Code nor the Colorado Municipal Election Code requires “video coverage” of ballot boxes. Nevertheless, as an extra security measure, the City Clerk requested the County Clerk turn on the cameras at each drop box location. The County Clerk turned the cameras on and a greed to send the City all video footage of the April 4, 2023 election. Neither the City Clerk nor any City employee had the ability to access or control any camera operated or owned by El Paso County. The County Clerk informed the City Clerk that if a Mayoral run off was needed, the video footage of the April 4, 2023, election would not be available until after the completion of that runoff election. Once the run off election of May 16, 2023, was completed, the County Clerk sent the City Clerk’s Office two hard drives with the video footage, along with a note indicating the days and times when the County Clerk’s cameras were not functioning.

 

There was no video footage of the days/times when El Paso County’s cameras were not functioning. The City Clerk had no knowledge of this until the video footage was received from the County Clerk. This Office finds that this allegation does not constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Discuss with John what the best response is to this.

 

6. The Complaint alleges, “53%of the election night transit judges are the who-is-whoof the Suthers senior administration with many of the top fire officials, including husband and wife teams, such as Fire Chief Randy Royal and his wife.”

 

This Office finds that this allegation does not constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code.

Discuss with John.

 

7. The Complaint alleges, “[r]efusal to allow mayoral candidate Kat Gayle, who came in fourth ,meaning she has standing, to inspect the ballot return envelopes.”

 

This Office finds that this allegation does not constitute a violation of the provisions of Chapter 5 of the City Code or of the Colorado Municipal Election Code. The City Clerk communicated to Ms. Gayle that she has the right to inspect her own return ballot envelope, however Colorado state law, specifically CORA at C. R. S. § 24-72-204 (8)(a) prohibits the City from allowing Ms. Gayle to inspect any other ballot return envelopes.

Discuss with John.

 

Based on the evidence obtained through the investigation, this Office concludes there are no reasonable grounds to find any violations of Chapter 5 of the City Code or the Colorado Municipal Election Code and declines to prosecute any allegations of violations against the City Clerk with respect to the Complaint in Municipal Court.

SUBMITTED: November 14,2023

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NEW ERRORS FOUND
Incredibly, we have found even more errors which is why Ms. Massey's total disregard for her duties as the City Attorney of Colorado Springs and refusal to do a thorough investigation mandates the Attorney General investigate Ms. Massey's pattern of behavior and must step-in to mandate a forensic audit into the 4/4/2023 election.  We are quite certain there are even more errors.

Transit Seal #'s Do Not Match

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Video Surveillance Does Not Support Transit Log

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Update Number 1:  The City claims they did not provide all of the transit logs in the initial CORA request.  Below, we have updated the serious irregularities which need to be investigated.  We should start by saying that there have been questions raised about elections from both sides of the aisle for decades now.  Rather than speculate, we are using City-provided data, their own security camera video footage and documents (i.e. ballot transit logs) that are owned by and available to the public. We do recognize that, especially with mail-in and drop-box ballot voting, there are serious challenges to ensuring election integrity and avoiding fraud in our elections.  Because we have powerful business interests who are shameless in the lengths to which they will take to buy our leadership, and because we were privy to polling data that dramatically contradicted the 4/4/2023 outcome (namely, two opposing groups' polls that reported the same low response for Wayne Williams putting him at 9% with a 52% unfavorable rating), we felt it was our duty to do a deep dive into the data.  What we have found, thus far, is extremely alarming.  

Daily Returns Analysis by District

The first giant red flag was seeing voter turnout jumps like 61.18% in district 6 as compared to the 2021 election.  We, initially, thought this was due to population growth, but then looked at 2019 and saw that the turnout was higher than 2021.  Coupled with the fact that the electorate sharply grew by 43,218 from 2019 to 2021 and only 973 from 2021 to 2023, we were troubled.  In addition, 48.65% of the votes came in the last two days of the April 4, 2023 election, when, historically, the last two days produced 34% and 38% in 2021 and 2019 respectively.  

 

City Denies Data Requests & Stalls

Concerned, we immediately began asking our City Clerk for data, and the City's denials and stalling worsened our concerns.  This is OUR data.  We fund these elections, and it should all be immediately handed-over, free of charge (we already pay for it) whenever any registered voter asks to see it.  For those curious, you can see the email exchanges showing how difficult this process has been here.  Even at-large candidate, Kat Gayle, who has joined Integrity Matters as Chief Legal Counsel and, as a candidate, has legal standing to see the return ballot envelopes is being ignored.  This is wrong and needs to be fixed.

What we have learned so far.  Buckle-up, it is pretty horrifying.

Deceased people voting? 

When we finally got the database of voters from another entity (the city took 3 weeks to finally respond to our request for data which is immediately e-mailable after each day of voting), we were curious to see if there were any dead voters.  So, we did a very cursory  look (i.e. we are concerned there are more, and, when we have time, we will go look more exhaustively), and found two people who voted after they were deceased.  This prompted us to ask for the signature settings and audits of the ESS MBV1000 ballot envelope machines used as their signatures would have been approved by the two ballot envelope scanning machines used to verify signatures.  Though we have been yet unable to get audit reports for those machines or inspect the ballot return envelopes, we understood that, for this to occur, those settings had to be low.  Sure enough, we were just recently informed that the sensitivity setting is 25 on a scale of 0-99 though the City says the scale isn't linear or a percent trying to minimize the low setting used.  It must mean something to set it at 25 on that scale, and we believe it's a very low sensitivity setting which should be further investigated.  Otherwise, if one had access to, for example, printing ballots (which they do on-demand now) or access to, for example, blank ballots to be printed surreptitiously (i.e. if one were a paid consultant, for example, to the election company, then having those signature sensitivity settings low would enable fake signatures to be easily approved.)  Whether that did or did not occur is superfluous to the point that it should never be so easy to do, under any circumstances. 

Two individuals, so far, who appear to have not been able to vote are:

1.  Virginia Ruth Newman:  Ms. Newman's obituary shows her as passing on March 4th, 2023, before the ballots were mailed on March 10th.  The 4/4/2023 Voter Returns Database show with the same voter ID and address as the 1/6/2023 County Voter Database.

2.  Jennifer Lynn Scott:  Ms. Scott's obituary shows her as passing on February 25th, 2023, before the ballots were mailed on March 10th.  Her obituary identifies her husband as David who is also listed at the same address in the 4/4/2023 Voter Returns Database which matches the voter ID and address of the 1/6/2023 County Voter Registration Database.

 

The low signature setting sensitivity of 25 suggests other illegally cast votes could exist, and the City Clerk's Office failed to prevent them from being cast.

26,400 Voters Who Never Voted in a City Election Going Back to 2011?

One of the analyses of the Returned Ballot Database showed that 26,400 of the total 109,768 votes were from voters who had never voted in a municipal election going back to 2011.  Nearly 1/4th of all votes cast, were from this "first-time-city-election voter".  It's a jaw-dropping stat.  We wondered if maybe it was because Yemi Mobolade turned-out a youth vote.  So, we calculated the mean age which was 46.5 years.  Only 5% of these first-time-city-election voters are 30 years of age or younger.  So, it wasn't a "youth turn-out".  We have serious concerns about this stat.  The service we were using to enable easy search of the voter database expired.  We are looking for a replacement; in the interim, feel free to email us your name, and we will look up your name to see if you voted and isn't there; or, more importantly, if you didn't vote, and it is there: integritymatterscos@gmail.com.

Chain of Custody & the Ballot Transit logs:  with the updated transit logs, we now have 397 votes for which there are no transit logs and even worse problems.

Because the City was so late in responding to our requests for data, it took a team of people to analyze what we have been able to do so far.  We will continue to request data, and strongly encourage citizens and the media to do the same, to correct these copious errors and demand swift action so we never have another municipal election so, at best, carelessly, at worst, nefariously conducted.  In this analysis, we looked at every single transit log and entered the information as it was presented here.  We also conducted pivot table analyses comparing the ballot log data to the City Clerk's own reported totals. 

 

A quick primer on the chain of custody of the ballots:  the chain of custody of ballots is supposed to have two people, typically of differing political parties in November county elections, who take oaths to be "transit judges" to count, document and tightly control the transport of the ballots from the drop-boxes to the City Clerk, where per page 6 of the 2023 Mail Ballot Manual, two City Office Services EMPLOYEES (titled "City Clerk's Signature" on the Ballot Log transmittal form) are to sign for receipt of those ballots from the 2-person transit judge team.  The public pays for the ballot boxes to be videotaped 24/7.  We were able to get copies of the Centennial (Vermejo & Cascade) boxes and the City Administration Building (CAB) which we viewed also for additional insight. 

 

Below is a summary of the problems with the transit logs we have been able to identify thus far:

  • Over the span of the voting period, 397 votes have no transit logs.  309 ballots that have no location for a net of 88 ballots, at a minimum, now that are reported without any possible transit log.  Given the egregiously unprofessional, at best, transit logs and chain of custody, citizens can have no confidence in this process.

  • Slumbering ballots: 

    • 1,199 ballots collected from 15 drop-boxes on 3/13/2023 were not logged into the clerk's office until the following day, 3/14.

    • 17 ballots collected on 3/29/2023 from the UCCS drop-box were not logged into the clerk's office until the following day, 3/30 on the log.  The City Clerk reports a total of 0 ballots on 3/29 at that location.  

Click on any of the ballot transit logs below for a larger image:

  • Every single transit log had an error be it missing a date, time, illegible signature, no transit seal number, etc.

  • 99.6% (764 of the 767) transit logs had illegible signatures making it impossible to transparently track the chain of custody

  • The ballot drop-box location was unclear on 7 of the 767 logs representing 309 votes.

  • 110 of the 767 transit logs accounting for 12,271 votes were missing signatures

  • Transit judges signing for the City Clerk receiving the ballots on 371 of the 767 pick-ups representing 37,138 votes.

  • Summary of discrepancies between City Clerk reported totals and the ballot logs supplied by the city:

    • ​3/14, CAB, 96 votes reported, 47 votes in logs
    • 3/29, Bear Creek, 149 votes reported, 22 votes in logs

    • 3/14 Broadmoor Town Center, 83 votes reported, 56 votes in logs

    • 3/29, Chuck Brown Transportation Complex, 54 votes reported, 35 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Citadel Mall North, 26 votes reported, 36 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Senior Center, 51 votes reported, 61 votes in logs

    • 3/31, Citizen Service Center, 427 votes reported, 477 votes in logs

    • 3/29, Centennial Hall, 189 votes reported, 239 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Centennial Hall, 73 votes reported, 72 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Union Town Center, 94 votes reported, 114 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Powers DMV, 147 votes reported, 130 votes in logs

    • 3/27, Union Town Center, 440 votes reported, 585 votes in logs

    • 3/29, Union Town Center, 237 votes reported, 322 votes in logs

    • 3/27, Powers DMV, 390 votes reported, 245 votes in logs

    • 3/29, Powers DMV, 220 votes reported, 135 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Leon Young Sports Complex, 24 votes reported, 10 votes in logs

    • 3/14, PPSC Centennial, 11 votes reported, 6 votes in logs

    • 3/30, PPSC Centennial, 24 votes reported, 17 votes in logs

    • 3/14, PPSC Rampart Range, 19 votes reported, 8 votes in logs

    • 3/14, Tiffany Square, 20 votes reported, 40 votes in logs

    • 3/31, Tiffany Square, 129 votes reported, 54 votes in logs

    • 3/29, UCCS Library, 0 votes reported, 17 votes in logs

    • 3/30, UCCS Library, 40 votes reported, 23 votes in logs

    • 3/31, UCCS Library, 41 votes reported, 36 votes in logs

    • 4/4, Centennial Hall (both), 2918 votes reported, 3018 votes in logs

    • 4/4, PPSC Centennial, 583 votes reported, 246 votes in logs

    • 4/4, PPSC [Unclear], 0 votes reported, 98 votes in logs

What we have learned thus far from our examination of the ballot drop-box video from the City Administration Building (CAB) and Centennial Hall - Vermejo/Centennial Hall - Cascade ballot drop-boxes (we had to pay about $1,000 and have spent now more than a month analyzing this data):

  • Election fraud?:  We suspect there are many others instances of where the ballot box video contradicts the logs, but we have not been able to get the video for the other drop-boxes for review which has, in and of itself, been a troubling misinformation and delay effort.  For the CAB, there were many pick-ups for which the City provided no transit logs.  For example, on 4/4/2023, the last day of voting, the CORA requested security camera video at the City Administration there were two Ballot Box Closers Transit Logs.   A transit log for the CAB (below) claims 387 ballots were collected which appears to be a falsified document.  The CAB video for the outside and inside ballot boxes disproves this claim.  Election Night Judges removed 336 ballots from the outside drop box and there is a box closer transmittal log at 7:01 PM. That box was then closed for the election.  The security surveillance camera inside the Clerk's Office shows that this drop box was opened at 12:34 PM.  It was resealed and was not opened again until 7:34 PM per the video surveillance footage (though the log claimed an open time of 7:44 PM).  There was no pick up at 7:06 or near that time.   The same is true for the inside box which the transit log shows as being picked up at 7:06.  Jana Blosser and illegible opened and removed ballots at 7:34 PM - 7:44 PM.   Jana Blosser and Illegible were not able to use the Box Closer Transit log because it was used for the 387 that came out of thin air.  No blue box was used at either drop box.  Where did these ballots originate?

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CAB Closing Log for Outside Box, 336 ballots, 7:01 PM (PM inferred as not written or corrected by clerk).

CAB Transit Log, 7:06 PM (again inferred), 387 votes.  The silver ballot box was not opened at or near that time.  See time in accelerated video below.

CAB Transit Log, for CAB inside silver ballot box showing the last time it was opened prior to the 7:06 PM claim.

CAB Inside Ballot Box (the silver box to the left) showing it was not opened at 7:06 PM as  for 336 ballots as the above transit log claims.  We anticipate more of these alarming problems in other videos of the remaining ballot boxes.

  • Video footage missing at  the time the ballot transit judges are supposed to be collecting ballots.  For example, on 3/17/2023,  at Centennial Hall - Vermejo, the ballot transit judges are supposed to be collecting at 10:08am, yet the footage is missing from 9:53am-10:19am.  

  • The transit seal system and tubs used appear to be woefully lacking.  On 4/4 at the Centennial Hall - Vermejo location, judges struggle with transit seals with one side being put in place, but the lid clearly lifting, and they ultimately leave without putting the transit seals in place, and at the Centennial Hall - Cascade box, in addition to 72 ballots being delivered by individual judges who go off camera to retrieve ballots presumably from cars, we think, leaving only one transit judge at the actual ballot box counting, no yellow-orange transit seal is placed on that transport tub either.

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Centennial Hall - Cascade Drop-box.  No yellow-orange transit seal.

  • We have been unable to view the other drop-boxes, but we have been given reports from concerned voters that posted on Nextdoor that single City employees in city trucks were collecting ballots from drop-boxes which would violate state statute.  

  • 53% of the election night transit judges are the who-is-who of the Suthers senior administration with many of the top fire officials including husband and wife team, Fire Chief Randy Royal and his wife.  We find this especially troubling given how boldly Mayor Suthers was seen in commercials for Wayne Williams along with Williams' commercial being filmed at the fire training facilities which other candidates were denied usage of, and we objected to formally filing a complaint with the City.  Also, the City has falsely stated that no City resources were used in filming Wayne Williams' commercial.  We have an email and recording in which Fire leadership stated that Williams was provided a safety officer whose salary is paid for by the City not to mention the use of the actual facilities which we still believe is using City resources.

 

Lastly, we were unaware that the City was using the Runbeck ballot system and their executives.  Did you see this news announcement?  We didn't.  As a reminder, in April of 2022, then Councilmember Wayne Williams who was (still is?) a paid consultant to Runbeck proposed a controversial closed-bid $850,000 contract to the El Paso County Commissioners of which his wife was one and had to recuse herself due to the conflict-of-interest amidst uproar.  We find this all the more troubling, and this is a great reason why one doesn't make such ethically dubious choices.  Can you imagine the US allowing the Russian Olympic coach to supply all the judging forms in a closed-bid contract for a company they were consulting for gymnastics competitions?  It would never happen -- for good reason.

Its is clear that a thorough investigation which includes examination of the ballot return envelopes which the City is denying.  In fact at-large candidate Kat Gayle, our chief legal counsel, asked to examine the ballot return envelopes and was denied by the City Attorney.   The media should report to the public so they understand how grave the situation is and action will be taken to, at a minimum correct this.  Major reform and greater care are needed to ensure we have elections with integrity.  We love the convenience of mail-in & drop-box voting, but not the way this was handled.  We encourage the media and anyone else to do you own investigation.  With a signature sensitivity setting of 25 (we still have not gotten answers regarding this clearly low setting) and two deceased voters, we clearly have compromised data and processes.  Junior High Student Council elections have more integrity and care taken.  Electing leaders is our most sacred right as Americans, and we should insist that basic changes like:

 

  • pre-printing the ballot transit logs with a consistent name for every box pick-up as well as legible names of the transit judges be on every form

  • dates and times are properly recorded

  • transit seals work and are used 

  • electors have free, immediate access to video footage of the ballot drop boxes

  • electors have free, immediate access to the voter database and TIFF Image files as they the scans are completed

  • candidates are not allowed to be paid consultants to any vendor involved in an election

just to name a few easy reforms that will ensure integrity in the mail-in, drop-box voting system.

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