DA: Dead voters on council candidate's petition

Posted at 10:38 PM, Jan 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-05 00:38:55-05

A former Denver City Council candidate was accused Monday of attempting to make last year's ballot by using forged petition signatures from registered voters, including some who were dead, and even listing some "Sesame Street" characters.

Corrie Houck, 44, faces felony counts in Denver County Court of attempting to influence a public servant and forgery, plus misdemeanor counts of perjury. A warrant for her arrest was issued, with bond set at $5,000.

Houck didn't make the May 5 ballot for the southwest District 2 race because too few signatures were confirmed on her candidacy petitions. But she later registered as a write-in candidate in the crowded field. Kevin Flynn and John Kidd advanced to the run-off, and Flynn prevailed.

Attempts to reach Houck on Monday so far have not been successful. Investigators said in the arrest warrant affidavit filed with the case that they also were unable to reach Houck to hear her account.

Candidates for council seats last year typically turned in far more signatures than the 100 required, since some signers inevitably were ineligible to vote in Denver.

Denver Post's full report: 'Sesame Street' characters listed in signatures