Judge dismisses felony voting case against Colorado Democrat Daniel Romero
By Scott Johnson
31 July 2017
On July 31, US District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt dismissed a felony charge against Colorado Democrat Daniel Romero for allegedly voting illegally at a polling place on Election Day 2016.
The charges against Romero, as well as the indictment of former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, who pleaded guilty to felony vote fraud earlier this year, stemmed from the Democratic Primary election for Colorado governor that was held on March 17, 2016. Following Romero’s indictment, his attorney announced his intention to appeal the ruling to the Denver-based 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Earlier this month, Romero told the Daily Camera that he had “never intentionally voted,” but that he was “guilty by association.” He argued that he had not voted in the 2016 presidential primaries because he had moved to Colorado from Miami in the fall of 2015, before the primaries were held.
Romero was charged on March 29, 2017, with conspiracy to commit voter fraud in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 371, which carries a maximum five-year sentence. A month later, a grand jury returned a 21-count indictment against Romero and Williams.
Romero and Williams, a white former state employee, were arrested and charged and convicted for stealing and attempting to sell thousands of votes, all but 24 of which went to Republican candidate Walker Stapleton. The charges and convictions resulted from an investigation of Colorado’s 2016 Democratic primary elections for Governor, U.S. Senate, and US House of Representatives.
Romero is a member of the Democratic establishment. He joined the Democratic National Committee in 2015, as its first Latino member. He was also a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) until it merged with the DCCC in November 2016.
Romero was elected to the Colorado House of Representatives in 2010, but left office in