3rd Arrest Made in Alleged Colorado Election Security Breach


DENVER (AP) — The former chief election officer of a Colorado clerk charged with tampering with voting materials has been arrested on allegations that she was part of the scheme, an official said Wednesday.

Sandra Brown, who worked for Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, turned herself in on Monday in response to an arrest warrant issued for her on suspicion of conspiracy to impersonate a criminal and attempt to influence an official, Mesa County Lt. Henry Stoffel said. Sheriff’s office. The arrest was first reported by The Daily Sentinel newspaper.

Peters and his chief deputy, Belinda Knisley, are being sued for allegedly authorizing the creation of a copy of a hard drive during a May 2021 election materials update. State election officials took First became aware of a security breach last summer when a photo and video of confidential voting system passwords were posted on social media and a conservative website.

Peters, who has become a hero to election conspiracy theorists like former President Donald Trump, lost her bid to become the GOP nominee for Colorado secretary of state last month.

Peters is charged with three counts of attempting to influence a public official, criminal impersonation, two counts of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, one count of impersonating identity, official misconduct in the first degree, breach of duty, and disrespect of the Secretary of State.

Knisley is charged with three counts of attempting to influence a public official, one count of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, breach of duty and disrespecting the Secretary of State.

Neither has yet pleaded and both have dismissed the allegations, with Peters calling them politically motivated.

Mesa County in western Colorado is largely rural and heavily Republican, while Colorado’s state government is controlled by Democrats.

Brown was released the day after her arrest.

Efforts to seek comment have failed via phone numbers believed to be associated with him. Court records do not indicate whether Brown has an attorney who could speak on his behalf.

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