Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters spent weeks in hiding after attending Mike Lindell’s lecture.
She is under investigation for allegedly allowing an outsider access to her county’s voting materials.
The elections will now be overseen by former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican.
A Colorado judge on Wednesday issued an injunction removing electoral authority from a local Republican official who allowed an unauthorized “consultant” to access voting machines – and then claimed to have found evidence of fraud during a conspiracy theory conference hosted by MyPillow founder Mike Lindell. .
Tina Peters, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, was elected Mesa County Clerk in 2018. The following year, her office admitted that it had not counted more than 500 ballots in a local election, leading Colorado Secretary of State Jena. Griswold, a Democrat, to demand that Peters’ office undergo remedial training.
After the 2020 election, Peters joined the former president’s campaign to discredit his loss, despite President Joe Biden winning Colorado by a 13.5% margin. At Lindell’s conference this summer, she claimed to present evidence showing that Dominion Voting Systems’ equipment could be hacked to reverse votes, despite the equipment never being connected to the Internet.
It was what happened prior to attending that conference, however, that led to Peters losing his authority to oversee the elections in a case brought by the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. As detailed in the ruling of Mesa County District Court Judge Valerie J. Robison, Peters last March allowed an unauthorized consultant to access the county’s voting machines, with one of his assistants asking that the Election service cameras were turned off for two weeks – long enough to allow this unauthorized third party to make a “forensic image” of the hard drive used by the Dominion’s vote tabulation equipment.
This assistant now faces criminal charges.
Later, a video of election officials and Dominion Voting Systems employees performing a software update in Peters’ office was leaked on social media, and with it the confidential passwords used to access the voting machines. The Republican-led Mesa County Council of Commissioners elected in August to replace this equipment, which had been decertified as a result of unauthorized access.
In his ruling, Robison said Peters and his assistant had “neglected their homework by not taking adequate precautions to protect confidential information and committed wrongdoing by lying.” The move comes after Peters spent weeks hiding in an undisclosed location provided by Lindell. She is currently the subject of a state and federal investigation.
The next Mesa County election will be overseen by former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams, a Republican appointed by Griswold’s office.
In a statement, Griswold welcomed Wednesday’s decision, saying it would prevent Peters from “further threatening the integrity of Mesa’s elections.”
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