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DENVER (AP) — A recount has confirmed that an indicted Colorado county clerk who alleged voter fraud lost the primary election she ran last month in her bid to win the election management job of the state, officials said Thursday.
The results barely changed, with Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters garnering 13 more votes in the June 28 election recount to determine the Republican nominee for secretary of state. Peters got about 29% of the vote, Democratic Secretary of State Jena Griswold said in a statement.
GOP primary winner for Colorado’s election oversight job, Pam Anderson, received 13 more votes in the recount and finished with 43 percent. A third candidate, Mike O’Donnell, obtained 11 more votes.
Peters’ voicemail was full and she did not immediately return texts or emails asking for comment on the recount results.
She filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Griswold and county clerks in the state, alleging the recount was not conducted in accordance with state law. The lawsuit claims that the accuracy of the randomly selected machines used to count the ballots should have been verified with a manual count before the recount began.
Griswold’s office said in a statement that the lawsuit was without merit.
“The allegations in the trial are based on debunked conspiracies that have been dismissed by judges in previous cases. The recount is complete and was conducted in accordance with Colorado election law and rule,” the statement said.
Peters faces multiple felony charges for his alleged role in allowing unauthorized individuals to break into his county’s electoral system seeking evidence of conspiracy theories floated by former President Donald Trump after his election defeat. of 2020.
She has denied doing anything illegal and argues the charges are politically motivated. She has published reports purporting to show suspicious activity in voting systems, but these have been debunked by various officials and experts.
A judge barred Peters from overseeing local elections last year and this year 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 votes in that county.
Peters’ margin loss in the GOP Secretary of State primary didn’t require an automatic recount, but it did raise more than the $256,000 needed to pay for one, apparently mostly from supporters outside of it. State after calling 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 trash can with ballots returned as undeliverable that were being prepared for storage in Elbert County, near Denver.
Those ballots were opened and counted for the first time in 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 the Griswold office showed that there were also small changes in ballot counts in other counties that altered voting results.
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