Two years ago, ProgressNow Colorado helped uncover a scandal that ended the campaign of a leading Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate. The discovery of numerous forged petition signatures filed to qualify then-Rep. Jon Keyser for the ballot, led to felony forgery charges against one of Keyser’s petition gatherers and a new law passed in 2017 requiring the Secretary of State to check candidate petitions for signature fraud for the first time.

Fast-forward to 2018. It may be happening again.

Walker Stapleton, a Republican candidate for governor, has been accused by a competitor in the race of illegally gathering signatures to qualify for the June primary ballot. [1] A paid signature gatherer who claims to be collecting signatures for Stapleton boasted in a recorded conversation that “most of my people can’t even register to vote because they’re all felons,” and though he claims to have collected signatures for Stapleton, there’s no record of anyone by his name. [2] Both developments suggest that Stapleton’s campaign broke the law.

The integrity of our elections is at stake. Sign our petition demanding an immediate investigation by Colorado’s Attorney General into alleged lawbreaking by Walker Stapleton’s campaign.

Our democracy works, but only if everyone plays by the rules. In 2016, Jon Keyser’s campaign was caught red-handed turning in forged signatures. The Secretary of State didn’t catch it, and if it wasn’t for ProgressNow Colorado’s investigation, Keyser might well have gotten away with it.

Don’t let Walker Stapleton get away with breaking the law. Tell Attorney General Cynthia Coffman to immediately investigation allegations that Stapleton’s campaign illegally collected signatures. We’ll share your names and comments with Coffman’s office and the press.

Thanks for taking action to protect our elections. In politics there is truly nothing more important.