Voter ID card sent to deceased Pueblo man
More than two years after Daniel Knez died, he was mailed a voter ID card for the recall election in Pueblo County.
Knez's daughter, Renee Curtis, said she was surprised when she saw the yellow card in the mail.
"Right away I thought dishonesty," Curtis said.
The yellow card is a government identification, which means voters don't have to show photo identification at the polls. The recall election is the second election in Pueblo County where voters have been able to use the cards.
"I really believe that it has expedited the lines," said Pueblo County Clerk Gilbert 'Bo' Ortiz.
But why was a deceased 91-year-old man mailed a card? Ortiz said his office compares names with the Department of Public Health and Environment, which tracks those who have died. Ortiz said he doesn't know why the card was mailed to Knez.
Curtis said she worries that someone could have gone through her mail, which she says has happened before, and stolen her father's ID card.
"I think identification, ID, driver's license, whatever you have should be shown along with that piece of paper. They're just assuming that's you. That's not right," Curtis said.
KRDO-TV also learned that a 79-year-old woman, Helen Lucero, from Pueblo was sent a yellow card, more than a year after she passed away.
Ortiz insists there's no evidence to indicate anyone has committed voter fraud and he said the district attorney will prosecute anyone who does. "When you look at a Class 6 felony for doing this kind of thing, I can't imagine that anybody would think that it's worth it," Ortiz said.
If you have a loved one who died, you can go to the county clerk's office and sign a deceased voter form to remove his/her name from the list of registered voters.
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