Jena Griswold Has Transformed the Traditionally Staid Role of Secretary of State

by Shane Monaghan, 5280

On June 17, 2021, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold took a stand against election deniers. Then the death threats started pouring in.

Early that morning, Griswold’s office issued rules prohibiting third parties from accessing voting equipment in the state to conduct what she called “sham audits” of election results. The announcement came as a group with no experience auditing elections was leading a review of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona. That effort had been motivated by the false belief that the results of the 2020 election had been manipulated to prevent President Donald Trump from winning—a belief that had been promulgated by Trump himself.


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