DENVER (AP) – A Colorado County election clerk under investigation by federal and state authorities for an alleged violation of voting machine security has been ordered to appear in court to respond to allegations that she lied about the recording of a hearing. A judge on Wednesday issued an order ordering Tina Peters, the clerk and clerk of Mesa County in western Colorado, to appear in court on March 31 to explain why she should not be held in contempt and punished.
She is accused of using her iPad to record a court hearing for an election MP, Belinda Knisley, who was charged in the security breach investigation, but told the judge she would not. was not doing. The judge had banned any recording of the proceedings.
“Fortunately, in the United States of America, a citizen has a right to be judged by his peers – not to be judged by a partisan political witch hunt. Clerk Peters looks forward to his vindication in this case – but will not be deterred from exposing serious electoral vulnerabilities,” Peters’ campaign coordinator Karen Seibold said in a statement. It was released in response to a request for comment on the contempt violation as well as to a lawsuit seeking to block Peters from overseeing this year’s election.
Peters is among local officials being investigated in a handful of states to determine whether they directed or aided in alleged security breaches in their own election offices.
A Mesa County grand jury is investigating Peters in connection with allegations of tampering with election materials.
Peters is also under investigation by the FBI and Colorado officials regarding the alleged security breach involving election materials in May.
She has previously denied any wrongdoing.
A judge barred Peters from overseeing last year’s election and Secretary of State Jena Griswold has sued to stop Peters from being allowed to run in this year’s election as well. Peters, meanwhile, is seeking the Republican nomination to run against Griswold and become the state’s top election official.
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