Tina Peters indicted in voting system breach
DENVER (AP) — A grand jury in Colorado has indicted Tina Peters, a county election clerk who sowed doubt about the 2020 presidential election, alleging she was part of a “deceptive scheme” to breach voting system technology that is used across the country, according to the indictment made public Wednesday.\
Tina Peters, a Republican elected in 2018 to oversee elections in Mesa County, was charged with seven felony and three misdemeanor counts, including attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation and first-degree official misconduct. Also facing charges in the case is Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley.
Over the past year, Peters has appeared onstage with supporters of former President Donald Trump who made false claims* that the 2020 presidential election was stolen. Peters recently announced plans to launch a campaign for Colorado secretary of state, on the podcast of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon.
*False according to the mainstream media despite evidence to the contrary. – Editor
The indictment, filed in Mesa County District Court, alleges that Peters and Knisley were part of a “deceptive scheme which was designed to influence public servants, breach security protocols, exceed permissible access to voting equipment, and set in motion the eventual distribution of confidential information to unauthorized people.”
In a statement issued through her campaign, Peters called the indictment a politically motivated attempt to derail her run for secretary of state. Colorado’s current secretary of state, Democrat Jena Griswold, has accused Peters of violating election security protocol in Mesa County. An attorney for Knisley did not return multiple calls seeking comment.
Both Peters and Knisley turned themselves in to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. They were eligible for release after posting bond, according to the agency’s website. Their first court appearances were scheduled for Thursday, sheriff’s spokeswoman Megan Terlecky said.
State election officials first became aware of a security breach in Mesa County last summer when a photo and video of confidential voting system passwords were posted on social media and a conservative website.
Because each Colorado county has unique passwords maintained by the state, officials identified them as belonging to Mesa County, a largely rural area on the border with Utah that Trump won in the 2020 presidential election with nearly 63% of the vote. President Joe Biden won Colorado overall with 55.4% percent of the state’s vote.
Colorado elections clerk indicted in voting system breach The Associated Press – en Español
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