Jenna Griswold’s Aggressive Actions Against Republican County Clerks
Jenna Griswold, Colorado’s Secretary of State, and Tina Peters, Mesa County Clerk, have accused each other of comprising elections in Colorado. The differences of opinion have resulted in Griswold using her powers as Secretary of State to bring actions against Peters. Those actions have included barring Peters from overseeing the 2021 elections. Peters’ home was raided by the FBI in November. In January of this year, Griswold sued to block Peters from overseeing the 2022 elections.
Peters presented evidence to the Mesa County Board of Commissioners in 2021 that she says shows the Secretary of State and a vendor destroyed records related to the 2020 election:
The report provided by Peters claims, “Forensic examination found that election records, including data described in the Federal Election Commission’s 2002 Voting Systems Standards (VSS) mandated by Colorado law as certification requirements for Colorado voting systems, have been destroyed on the Mesa County’s voting system, by the system vendor and the Colorado Secretary of State’s office.” The report then continues by naming concerns for possible data destruction in other counties.
The report also claims a total of 28,989 logfiles were deleted. According to the report, these logfiles are required to reconstruct the function of and events taking place on the voting systems, and based upon information provided by legal counsel, must, by law, be preserved.
Griswold has taken aggressive actions against multiple Republican County Clerks. In addition to Peters, Douglas County Clerk Merlin Klotz and Elbert County Clerk Dallas Shroeder are being investigated for “allegedly making unauthorized copies” of election system servers.