Colorado election officials defend ‘gold standard’ system against attacks

By Molly Bohannon, The Pueblo Chieftain

Colorado is regularly recognized for having some of the most inclusive voting policies in the country, from universal mail-in ballots to allowing felons to vote the day they step out of prison. And expanding election security and accessibility has been a focus for nearly a decade.

So in the face of a county clerk’s continued attacks on the legitimacy of the state’s elections ahead of Nov. 8, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and her Republican predecessor Wayne Williams, recently teamed up for a television and digital media campaign to combat what they called ongoing election misinformation.

The effort was largely prompted by the actions of embattled Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, a Republican who has repeatedly challenged the results of her June primary election loss and supported former President Donald Trump’s unfounded challenge to the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.

Peters, who in March was indicted on charges of tampering with election equipment and official misconduct, lost a three-way race to retain her post to GOP nominee Pam Anderson. Results of a recount, which Peters continues to dispute, showed Anderson receiving 43% of the vote to the 28% received by both Peters and candidate Mike O’Donnell.

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