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Former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party faces voting fraud charges in Weld District Court

A former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party has a court date scheduled in Weld District Court after prosecutors and other sources say he committed voter fraud using his ex-wife's identity in the 2016 election.

Steve Curtis, 57, is charged with one count of voter fraud and one count of forgery, a class five felony. He appeared in court Tuesday to be advised of the charges against him, according to Tyler Hill, a spokesman for the Weld District Attorney's office. Hill said the district attorney's office filed charges against Curtis on Feb. 1, but this was his first appearance in court.

Curtis served as the chairman of the Colorado Republican Party from 1997 to 1999, and he since has worked as a talk show host on the conservative radio station KLZ-560 AM.

Hill said public details about the case are sparse. He confirmed the case had its genesis in an investigation launched first by the Weld County Clerk and Recorder's Office, which it then handed over to the district attorney's office. Much of the information available comes from a complaint the district attorney's office filed against Curtis as a result of that investigation.

According to the complaint, Curtis used Kelly Curtis's identity to commit voter fraud on a general election mail-in ballot in October. Kelly, who a broadcast news article confirms is Steve's ex-wife, is listed in the complaint as having a South Carolina address.

According to the website for KLZ-560 AM, Steve hosts a morning radio segment, Wake Up. The station is based in Aurora, but at the time prosecutors say Steve committed the offense, he lived in Firestone. Tribune attempts to contact KLZ were unsuccessful.

Curtis is next scheduled to appear in court at 9 a.m. May 19. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison.

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Steve Curtis, a former chairman of the Colorado Republican Party, is charged with voter fraud. His next court appearance is set for 9 a.m. May 19.