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Tuesday, December 06, 2022

Prosecuting clerks in GOP race for Colorado election chief

DENVER ( Associated Press) — Republicans in Colorado will decide Tuesday whether to nominate — a county elections clerk who is subject to indictment — as their candidate for the state’s top election official. For a security breach motivated by conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters Announces Plans To run for the Republican nomination for secretary of state earlier this year on a podcast from former President Donald Trump’s adviser Steve Bannon. In recent months, she has been releasing various reports — Badnaam By officials and experts — who claim vulnerabilities in voting equipment widely used in Colorado and across the country.

Also running in the Republican primary are Pam Anderson, a former county clerk who previously headed the State Clerks Association, and businessman Mike O’Donnell. In the Democratic primary, current Secretary of State Jenna Griswold is running unopposed.

Anderson’s campaign Highlighting his experience of running elections and calling for less politics in the role of Secretary of State.

Peters, elected in 2018 to oversee elections in Mesa County, is among several candidates across the country. He is seeking to oversee elections as his state’s chief electoral officer, denying the outcome of this year’s 2020 election or falsely claiming elections in the US are corrupt.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud Or a conspiracy to steal the 2020 presidential election.

Peters, who has been stopped A judge overseeing this year’s election, has said she is running to “restore trust and transparency and end the government’s reach” in elections. In the indictment, officials alleged that Peters was part of a “misleading plan” to violate voting system technology.

He has claimed that the indictment, which includes seven felonies, was politically motivated. The indictment was issued by a Mesa County grand jury that consisted largely of residents of Republican counties along the Utah border.

Trump won Mesa County in 2020 with nearly 63% of the vote. President Joe Biden won Colorado with 55.4% of the state’s total vote.

Peters regularly appears with Trump loyalists, including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, who has promoted false claims of Trump’s stolen election. She attended Lindell’s “cybersymposium” last year, where Lindell promised to reveal evidence that voting machines had been manipulated in some way.

Although no evidence was provided, a copy of Mesa County’s voting system hard drive was distributed and posted online, according to attendees and state officials. Peters has said that he had the right and obligation to make the copy, but added that he had no idea how it was distributed.

None of the other primaries that took place on Tuesday included the race for the state’s top election official.

Nationally, nearly two dozen Republican candidates are running to become their state’s top election official, according to States United Action, a nonpartisan advocacy organization that tracks candidates who deny the outcome of the 2020 presidential election. .

Wes Allen is among those leading the way for the November ballot In Alabama, Diego Morales In Indiana, Jim Merchant In Nevada and Audrey Trujillo in New Mexico. Christina Karamo in Michigan and Kim Crockett Minnesota’s favorites to win their primaries in August.

Coalition of Election and Cyber ​​Security Officials Declared the 2020 presidential election “the safest in US history” while Trump’s attorney general It was said at the time that there was no fraud that would have changed the results. No evidence found that Trump cheated out of second term.

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Cassidy reported from Atlanta.

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