The Colorado Secretary of State is demanding that the Mesa County Clerk sign a document promising to protect the security of future elections that she may oversee after a court excluded her from her electoral duties in November.
Clerk Tina Peters allegedly allowed an unauthorized person to witness a software update for Mesa County Dominion Voting Systems’ electoral equipment in May, after which confidential passwords and other sensitive system information county vote have been uploaded, creating a serious electoral security loophole. Secretary Jena Griswold in August sued to ban Peters to oversee the Nov. 2 election, and a judge ruled against Peters.
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With the duration of that ban set to end with the completion of activities related to the 2021 election later this month, Griswold issued an election ordinance on Monday which, while allowing Peters to resume his elective role as Mesa County’s “designated electoral official” would impose a wide range of extraordinary restrictions.
Under the order, Griswold would appoint an election supervisor who would oversee every decision and action taken by Peters in relation to the 2022 primary and general elections. Peters would submit in writing to the supervisor “any proposed election-related decision” and receive approval. He would even be prohibited from being in the physical presence of electoral material without the supervisor as chaperone. And each day, she would be required to submit to Griswold’s office a copy of all written communications related to the election she allegedly had.
Griswold justified the order by pointing out the seriousness of last year’s security breach.
“The actions of Clerk Peters were one of the country’s first internal threats where an official elected to maintain free, fair and secure elections risked the integrity of the electoral system in an attempt to prove baseless conspiracy theories,” wrote Griswold spokesperson Annie Orloff. at Newsline Monday.
Peters, a Republican, is a follower of the refuted claims that the November election was fraudulent. She kept repeating such affirmations as recently as January 6.
Peters did not respond to a text message requesting comment.
Along with the new electoral decree, Griswold issued a “certification and attestation of conformity” which Peters must sign. Peters’ signature would affirm that she agrees to abide by the order.
She has until Thursday to sign it.