Recount confirms accused Colorado clerk Tina Peters lost the election

DENVER — A recount has confirmed that an indicted Colorado County clerk who alleges voter fraud lost the primary she conducted last month in her bid to win the post of superintendent of the state’s elections, officials said Thursday.

The results changed little, and Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters received 13 more votes in the recount of votes cast in the June 28 election to determine the Republican nominee for secretary of state. Peters received about 29 percent of the vote, Democratic Foreign Minister Jena Griswold said in a statement.

GOP primary winner for the job of policing the Colorado election, Pam Anderson, received 13 more votes during the recount, finishing with 43%. A third candidate, Mike O’Donnell, received 11 more votes.


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

She filed a lawsuit against Griswold and the state’s county officials on Wednesday, alleging the recount was not conducted in accordance with the state’s laws. 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 without merit.

“The allegations in the lawsuit are based on debunked conspiracies that judges in previous cases have dismissed. The recount has ended and was conducted in accordance with Colorado electoral laws and regulations,” the statement said.

Peters faces multiple felony charges for her alleged role in allowing unauthorized persons to break into her county’s electoral system to find evidence of the conspiracy theories that former President Donald Trump launched after his 2020 election loss.

She has denied doing anything illegal and claims the charges are politically motivated. It has published reports allegedly showing suspicious activity within electoral systems, but these have been debunked by various officials and experts.

A judge barred Peters from overseeing last and this year’s municipal elections in Mesa County, a western region of the state that’s mostly rural and heavily Republican. Trump lost Colorado in 2020 but won the majority of the vote in that county.

Peter’s loss margin in the GOP Secretary of State didn’t require an automatic recount, but she did collect more than the $256,000 needed for one payment. 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 being prepared for storage in Elbert County near Denver.

Those ballots were first opened and tallied during the recount but didn’t change the results of a race, the Foreign Secretary said.

A breakdown of the counties’ recount results provided by Griswold’s office showed that there were also some small changes in ballots in other counties that altered the voting results. Recount confirms accused Colorado clerk Tina Peters lost the election

Fry Electronics Team

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