She may be attempting to represent the Republican party in the race for Colorado Secretary of State, but she won’t be allowed to run her own elections. On Tuesday, a Colorado judge barred Tina Peters, the Mesa County Clerk Clerk under indictment for allegedly tampering with voting equipment, ruling she is prohibited from overseeing Mesa County’s 2022 primary and general elections.
Peters had already been prohibited by a judge from managing last year’s Mesa County elections. The clerk became somewhat of a GOP hero — at least to conspiracy theorists who are determined to label the 2020 election fraudulent — by continuing to claim that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election and somehow the confidential voting records she pilfered prove that.
As reported by the Associated Press “Data from Mesa County’s voting machines appeared on election conspiracy websites last summer shortly after Peters appeared at a symposium about the election organized by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell.”
Mesa County judge, Valerie J. Robison, in a ruling released Tuesday night, blocked Peters from administering the midterm elections. “Peters and Knisley have committed a neglect of duty or other wrongful act such that they are unable to perform the duties required under the Election Code due to the allegations of criminal acts that are currently pending,” wrote Robison. Knisley was Peters’ deputy clerk. According to the court statement, she is charged with cybercrime for activities related to the break-in.
Petters has not yet issued any comment. She is running in the primary against two other candidates for the GOP nomination for secretary of state. The winner will face the incumbent, Democrat Jena Griswold, in November.
All this does beg the question: if Peters is not administering elections in her current elected position – what is she doing?