Election detractor Tina Peters loses Colorado primary to top pollster | Colorado

Tina Peters, a Colorado county clerk facing criminal charges for tampering with election equipment, lost the Republican Party’s nomination for the state’s top election official on Tuesday. She was defeated by Pam Anderson, a former county clerk.

The race was among several closely watched contests this year in which Republicans who have denied the election results are seeking major election oversight roles.

In March, a grand jury indicted Peters and his deputy in her office after they allegedly helped an unauthorized person impersonate a county employee and access and copy information from county voting equipment. Peters and his deputy allegedly turned off security cameras in a sensitive area, presented an IT consultant security badge to Conan Hayes, a former surfer who spread misinformation about the 2020 election, and allowed him to film the Dominion show.

Shortly after the incident, passwords linked to the county’s voting machines appeared on the Gateway Pundit, a far-right website that has pushed allegations of election conspiracy. Colorado’s Secretary of State, Gina Griswold, has withdrawn the county’s election equipment certification and obtained a court order preventing her from overseeing elections in 2021 and 2022. The FBI is also investigating Peters.

Nick Penniman, CEO of Issue One, a government watchdog group, said in a statement: “Based on her record and rhetoric, Tina Peters is ineligible to oversee elections. To this day, Tina Peters continues to spread lies and misinformation about the integrity of our elections. People who don’t believe With free and fair elections they are not fit for an elected office in the United States—especially for Secretary of State.”

Peters said she wanted to photograph the equipment to preserve evidence of fraud and issued fake reports alleging wrongdoing. In 2020, Peters also signed off on a bipartisan review of a sample of random ballots, required by Colorado law, that confirmed that the county’s presidential election results were accurate. Yet she continued to say that the elections were stolen.

“This is a personal opinion based on the evidence I’ve seen and experienced and based on what I know from our reporting. I think there may have been enough fraud that the election turned out,” she told the Colorado Sun earlier this month.

Peters is closely associated with two of the most prominent funders of the election misinformation movement: Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, and Patrick Byrne, founder of Overstock.com. Lindell gave at least $200,000 to support Peters’ legal defense, according to the New York Times, and gave Peters a “safe home” outside of Colorado last year. Byrne, who The Times reported received FaceTime from Hayes while filming voting equipment in the county, donated to the PAC that attacked Peters’ opponent.

Colorado conducts its elections primarily by mail and automatically sends a ballot paper to registered voters. It is seen as a state with some of the best elections in the US – it currently ranks 9th among all states for electoral management by the MIT Nonpartisan Election Index. Peters said it will end all mail-in voting in Colorado.

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