Judge Bars Conspiratorial Colorado Clerk From Election Administration After Suspicious Leak

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A Colorado judge has blocked Mesa County, Colorado Clerk Tina Peters from running the county's elections this year — the result of a state lawsuit over Peters…
A Colorado judge has blocked Mesa County, Colorado Clerk Tina Peters from running the county's elections this year — the result of a state lawsuit over Peters allowing an unauthorized person into a sensitive voting machine software update meeting, after which passwords and digital images of election software were leaked online.

Peters' deputy, Belinda Knisley, was also barred from working on the upcoming election.

"The Court finds that Peters and Knisley breached their duties by failing to follow the rules and orders of the Secretary and the [Colorado Election] Code, neglected their duties by failing to take adequate precautions to protect confidential information, and committed wrongful acts by being untruthful," Colorado District Court Judge Valerie J. Robison wrote.

Two officials currently filling in for the pair, former Colorado Secretary of State Wayne Williams and former Mesa County Clerk Sheila Reiner, now the county treasurer, will continue in their roles for the November 2021 elections, the judge said.

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