Recount confirms indicted Colorado official lost election

Election 2022 Colorado Clerk (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Election 2022 Colorado Clerk (Copyright 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

A recount has confirmed that an indicted Colorado county official who alleged vote fraud lost the primary she ran in last month in her bid to win the post to run in the state’s election, officials announced Thursday.

The results have changed little, with Mesa County Secretary Tina Peters receiving an additional 13 votes in a recount of votes cast in the June 28 election to determine the Republican candidate for secretary of state. Peters received about 29% of the vote, Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement.

GOP primary winner for her job of overseeing Colorado elections, Pam Anderson, received 13 more votes during the recount and ended up with 43%. A third candidate, Mike O’Donnell, won 11 more votes.

Peters’ voicemail was full and she didn’t immediately return a text message or emails asking for comment on the recount results.

She filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Griswold and state county officials alleging that the recount was not carried out in accordance with state law. The suit alleges that the accuracy of the randomly selected machines used to count the ballots should have been verified with a manual count before the recount began.

Griswold’s office said in a statement that the lawsuit was without merit.

“The allegations in the lawsuit are based on unmasked conspiracies that were rejected by judges in previous cases. The recount has ended and was conducted under Colorado electoral laws and rules,” the statement said.

Peters faces multiple criminal charges for his alleged role in allowing unauthorized people to hack into his county’s electoral system looking for evidence of the conspiracy theories concocted by former President Donald Trump after his 2020 election defeat.

She has denied doing anything illegal and claims the allegations are politically motivated. It has issued reports purporting to show suspicious activity in the voting systems, but these have been debunked by various officials and experts.

A judge barred Peters from overseeing last year’s and this year’s local elections in Mesa County, a western part of the state that is predominantly rural and heavily Republican. Trump lost Colorado in 2020 but won the most votes in this county.

Peters’ loss margin in the GOP secretary of state primary didn’t require an automatic recount, but she did raise more than the $256,000 needed to pay for one, reportedly mostly from out-of-state supporters after placing an order. for help on Steve Bannon’s podcast.

During the recount, 37 ballots that had been filled out and returned by voters were discovered in a dumpster with returned undelivered ballots that were being prepared for storage in Elbert County, which is near Denver.

Those ballots were opened and counted for the first time during the recount, but did not change the results of any races, the secretary of state’s office said.

An analysis of the county recount results provided by the Griswold office showed that there were also some minor changes to the counts in other counties that altered the voting results.

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