CO: Judge bars indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters from overseeing 2022 elections

Source: Colorado Sun

“Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters won’t be allowed to oversee the 2022 elections after a judge ruled for a second year in a row in favor of Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who sued to prohibit Peters’[s] involvement. Peters, who is running this year for the Republican nomination for secretary of state, is accused in a security breach of the Mesa County elections system that occurred in May 2021 and was discovered in August. She was indicted by a grand jury earlier this year on 10 counts in connection with the breach, which resulted in passwords and software being displayed on the internet. … The order also bars Deputy Clerk Belinda Knisley and Julie Fisher, second deputy clerk, from involvement in the 2022 elections. Knisley was also indicted by the grand jury, and was charged separately with felony burglary before that on suspicion of entering county offices after the county suspended her.” (05/10/22)