Recount Confirms Indicted Colorado Clerk Lost Election

DENVER (AP) — A recount has confirmed that an indicted Colorado County clerk who claimed voter fraud? lost the primaries she competed in last month in her bid to win the post of leading the state elections, officials announced Thursday.

The results barely changed, with Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters picking up an additional 13 votes in the 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.

The winner of the GOP primary for election oversight in Colorado, Pam Anderson, received an additional 13 votes in the recount, finishing with 43%. A third candidate, Mike O’Donnell, received 11 more votes.

Peters’ voicemail was full and she didn’t immediately text or email back asking for comment on the recount results.

She filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Griswold and the state clerks, alleging that the recount had not been carried out under state law. The lawsuit alleges that the accuracy of randomly selected machines used to count ballots should have been verified with a hand count before the recount began.

Griswold’s office said in a statement that the lawsuit was unfounded.

“The allegations in the lawsuit are based on debunked conspiracies that have been dismissed by judges in previous cases. The recount is over and was conducted under Colorado’s electoral law and rule,” the statement said.

Peters faces several charges over her alleged role in allowing unauthorized persons to break into her county’s electoral system in search of evidence of the conspiracy theories concocted by former President Donald Trump after his election loss in 2020.

She has denied doing anything illegal and claims the charges are politically motivated. She has issued reports alleging suspicious activity within voting systems, but these have been debunked by several officials and experts.

A judge banned Peters from overseeing last year and this year’s local elections in Mesa County, a western region of the state that is largely rural and strongly Republican. Trump lost Colorado in 2020, but won the majority of the vote in this province.

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

During the recount, 37 ballots that had been completed and returned by voters were discovered in a bin of ballots returned as undeliverable that were being prepared for storage in Elbert County, near Denver.

Those ballots were first opened and counted during the recount, but did not change the results of any race, the State Department said.

A breakdown of the county recount results provided by Griswold’s office showed that there were also some minor changes in voting in other counties that altered the voting results.

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