Mar 9, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Colorado election official Tina Peters indicted as part of 2020 election probe

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters on Aug. 10 at a conference in South Dakota hosted by Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and an ally of former President Trump. Photo via YouTube
Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters on Aug. 10, 2021, at a conference in South Dakota hosted by Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow and an ally of former President Trump. Photo via YouTube

A grand jury indicted a Colorado election official on 1o counts as part of an investigation into tampering with the results of the 2020 election.

Driving the news: The criminal charges against Mesa County clerk Tina Peters announced Wednesday include seven felony counts for attempting to influence a public servant, criminal impersonation and identify theft.

  • She is also charged with official misconduct — a misdemeanor.
  • A warrant has been issued for her arrest, the Mesa County district attorney's office said in a statement Wednesday.

Why it matters: Peters is a nationally known promoter of debunked election fraud conspiracies and a Republican candidate for secretary of state, the Colorado office that oversees elections.

The backstory: The indictment came after numerous local, state and federal investigations into election equipment tampering.

  • Peters, a supporter of former President Trump, claims election files were discarded after the 2020 election, but her own department says that's untrue and the election results are securely archived.

Details: Deputy clerk Belinda Knisley is charged with six criminal counts, including five felonies, and a warrant was issued for her arrest.

  • Mesa County prosecutor Dan Rubinstein and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser issued a joint statement saying the grand jury found probable cause that Peters and Knisley committed crimes.
  • Rubinstein and Weiser noted that the investigation into an alleged election system breach remains ongoing.
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