In May 2021, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters allowed an unauthorized person to access voting machines and attend a secure update of their software. That individual, a local man named Gerald Wood, took pictures and made copies of the hard drives, with the images ending up posted online.
Mesa County’s embattled Republican Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is entering the race for Colorado Secretary of State.
Peters made the announcement on Steve Bannon’s War Room, a podcast hosted by the rightwing political strategist.
Of course that’s where she would announce it!
If Peters makes it through the contested Republican primary, she would face the woman whose office has been investigating her for the past seven months — Democrat Jena Griswold.
Griswold has something to say about this development:
“Peters compromised voting equipment to try to prove conspiracies, costing Mesa County taxpayers nearly one million dollars,” said Griswold in a written statement.
“She works with election deniers, spreads lies about elections, was removed from overseeing the 2021 Mesa County election, and is under criminal investigation by a grand jury.”
The article notes,
A Grand Jury is currently considering potential criminal charges for election tampering and misconduct against Peters. And the state has filed a second lawsuit, to have her removed from overseeing the 2022 election as Mesa Clerk.
…so Peters arrives at the race pretty much already opposition researched by a grand jury, possibly indicted, and definitely well-known as a devotee of the Big Lie and the Big Liar. This will be a race to watch because if she wins the nomination, it will really be only because of her participation in trying to subvert democracy.
(Hat tip: Scissorhead Ming, who lives adjacent to Mesa but in the same congressional district, who, uh, elected Boebert. Another reason to watch this race.)