Recount confirms the indicted Colorado clerk lost the 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 executive who alleged vote fraud lost the primary she contested last month in her bid to win the post of state elections director, officials announced Thursday.

The results barely changed, with Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters gaining 13 more votes in the recount of votes cast in the June 28 election to decide the Republican nominee 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 the job of overseeing Colorado’s elections, Pam Anderson, gained 13 more votes in the recount and finished with 43%. A third candidate, Mike O’Donnell, received 11 more votes.

Peters’ voice mail was full, and she did not immediately return a text or email for comment on the results of the recount.

She filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Griswold and state county clerks alleging the recount was not conducted in accordance with state law. The lawsuit claims 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 futile.

– The claims in the lawsuit are based on debunked conspiracies that have been rejected by judges in previous cases. The recount is over and was conducted in accordance with Colorado’s election law and rule, the statement said.

Peters faces multiple charges for his alleged role in allowing unauthorized people to break into the county’s election system in search of evidence for the conspiracy theories that former President Donald Trump spun after his 2020 election loss.

She has denied that she has done anything illegal and claims that the accusations are politically motivated. She has issued reports purporting to show suspicious activity in voting systems, but they 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 region of the state that is largely rural and heavily Republican. Trump lost Colorado in 2020, but won the majority of the vote in this county.

Peters’ margin of loss in the GOP secretary of state primary did not require an automatic recount, but she raised more than the $256,000 required to pay for one, reportedly mostly from out-of-state supporters after asking 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 bin of ballots returned as undeliverable that was being prepared for storage in Elbert County, which is located near Denver.

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

A breakdown of county count results provided by Griswold’s office showed that there were also some small changes to ballots in other counties that changed the vote results.

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