Colo. Clerk Accused Of Allowing Access to Vote Machine Passwords That Ended Up With QAnon Leader


Within the newest battle over former President Donald Trump’s 2020 election defeat, a Republican county clerk in Colorado has been accused of permitting unauthorized entry to voting machine passwords that ended up on the social media account of a QAnon chief.

An investigation led by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold concluded that Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters allowed an unidentified, unauthorized particular person to attend a software program replace in Could for election gear made by Dominion Voting Programs. That particular person allegedly took pictures of software program passwords, which have been then posted on-line early this month, Griswold detailed in a press convention Thursday.

These passwords have been shared by conservative weblog The Gateway Pundit, in keeping with The Denver Submit. As well as, pictures and movies of the Dominion software program replace session have been posted on the social media web page of influential QAnon chief Ron Watkins, Colorado Public Radio reported.

Hypothesis on the id of “Q,” the legendary authorities insider who gave the conspiracy idea its title, has lengthy centered on Watkins, a web site administrator of far-right message board 8kun, a hotbed of extremism the place QAnon flourished early. 

“To be very clear, Mesa County’s clerk and recorder allowed a safety breach and, by all proof at this level, assisted it,” Griswold stated. She accused Peters of “actively working to undermine confidence and unfold disinformation.”

Griswold stated that one week earlier than the breach, Peters ordered her workers to show off the video surveillance system that screens the voting machines, and that it was solely not too long ago turned again on.

The compromised voting gear was decertified following what Griswold referred to as a profound “breach in safety.” Griswold stated her workplace “can not set up a verifiable chain of custody for any of the [current] voting techniques parts in Mesa County and can’t set up confidence within the integrity or safety of these parts.”

Native prosecutors have launched a legal probe into the suspected breach. A probe by Griswold’s workplace is continuous. 

Peters, who has baselessly challenged the election outcomes, issued an announcement merely saying that “residents of Mesa County have been vital of election integrity. They’ve introduced me their issues and I’ve advised them I’ll do every thing in my energy to guard their vote.”

On the time of Griswold’s press convention, Peters was attending MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s weird “Cyber Symposium,” reported the Colorado Every day Sentinel. Lindell had promised, once more, to lastly reveal proof that the presidential election was fraudulent — which he didn’t do.

A Colorado affiliation of county clerks is backing Griswold’s investigation. “We provide our full help to this inquiry and hope {that a} thorough investigation will present clear solutions to the issues raised by the Secretary of State’s workplace,” it stated in an announcement.

Issues concerning the voting machine breach are much like these stoked by the controversial Arizona recount of Maricopa County votes, which was launched earlier this yr by Republicans furious over Trump’s November defeat within the state.

Auditors of the inexperienced, extremely partisan Cyber Ninjas firm, headed by QAnon disciple and Ninjas CEO Doug Logan, have been allowed largely unfettered, unsupervised entry to ballots and different gear. Election officers there have additionally stated that these voting machines are now not usable as a result of they’ve additionally been comprised by a partisan operation.

Griswold’s full press convention on the safety breach could be seen within the video up prime.


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