COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - An El Paso County woman has pleaded guilty to voting twice in an election four years ago, by voting as her dead mother.
Sarilu Sosa-Sanchez forged her mother's signature on a ballot, then voted as herself. Along with voting twice, Sosa-Sanchez also plead guilty to forgery last week.
Judge Theresa Cisneros and county Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman both stressed during the case how critical it is the public be able to count on the integrity of the election system, whether it be local or national.
"The security and integrity of our elections system are national issues, and I echo the sentiments expressed during the proceedings. What happens with our elections on the local level is just as important as what occurs nationally," Broerman said.
As part of her sentencing, Sosa-Sanchez, 59, will help educate others in El Paso County on the consequences of voter fraud. She will also pay all restitution and court fees and do 60 hours of community service.
Broerman said a case like Sosa-Sanchez's is rare in El Paso County. She was only the second voter fraud case prosecuted by the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office this year.
"We make it easy to vote [in El Paso County] but hard to cheat. As a result, voter fraud is rare in El Paso County, But as this case proves, when it does occur, we do investigate and prosecute it."