By Peak News Contributor Dave Diepenbrock

It's easy to cast illegal ballots. Our current system has nearly no way to detect fraudulent voting.  

Maybe the undetectable nature of voter fraud explains why news reports somehow missed these points when a Colorado State House committee approved a bill requiring stricter voter ID rules. (Neither the Denver Post nor the AP mentioned it.)  

Our laws and voter lists combine to create this situation. The law keeps voters' names on voter lists long after they last cast a ballot; there are 1.3 million of these non-voting “inactive” voters. As a result, we have almost 3.4 million total names on our voter lists.  

One in six names on Colorado's voter lists are “deadwood;” probably most have moved. Deadwood refers to voters who should no longer be eligible to vote in a precinct. That equals half a million deadwood voters, following the cited experts.  

The Pew Center on the States calls voter lists nationally “inaccurate, costly and inefficient.” That's us.  

Clerks lack the money to do what private companies routinely do – compare voter lists to the Postal Service national change of address database and other lists. This makes our lists deeply flawed – and provides an open pathway to fraud.  

Many inactive voters won't vote this year. 2012's forecast turnout may approach 2.7 million voters (which would be 69% of Colorado's adults, a record high). If all 3.4 million names on our lists voted in 2012, we would have a turnout of 85%. Mathematically, it ain't happening.  

How to Vote Early and Often  

Pick names from voter lists that match your gender and approximate age; choose only “inactive” voters since they probably moved and are politically uninvolved. Double check those names against If you find them there, don't use them.  

Get a current list this fall so inactive voters can fix their addresses if they plan to vote. You don't want one of those names. You'll probably find voter lists on the Internet; they were easy to find in 2008. Precinct committee people often have paper lists; borrow one. Join a presidential campaign to get their list.  

Create a counterfeit ID using your cable or telephone bill. Use your emailed bill or scan your snail-mailed bill into your computer. Change the name and address and anything on the bill like a customer number or unique ID. Eliminate barcodes and such.  

The best place to vote fraudulently is “early voting” polling places. They open October 22; go right away. Your county clerk's website tells where they are. (In 2008, this method of voting boosted Obama's Colorado total. Surprised?)  

Have you ever seen a voter challenged when you were at the polls? Me neither. If someone challenges you, walk away. Nobody will follow you. The odds you will pick an inactive voter who votes? Between 3 and 10 in 100, and those folks may appear only after you voted, so it won't matter.  

Colorado had about 40,000 volunteers for Obama in the summer of 2008. If just 10% voted five times, that's 20,000 extra votes. It's a movement.  

So. It's easy to do, nearly impossible to catch. Have fun.