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Mesa County clerk posts voter-fraud claims but cites no evidence

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters tweeted in response to a Republican U.S. senator who denounced his colleagues for their plan to challenge the Electoral College certification Wednesday.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters was elected to the position in 2018. She was the subject of a recall effort after several issues arose, including the discovery of more than 500 uncounted ballots from a previous election found in a ballot drop box outside of the county elections office. (Gretel Daugherty, Special to The Colorado Sun)

GRAND JUNCTION — A Colorado county clerk posted claims of voter fraud without providing evidence and despite assurances from election officials nationwide that the November election was safe and secure.

Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters tweeted on Sunday that ballots could be counted more than once and that software used in voting machines could be manipulated, the Daily Sentinel reported.

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The tweet was done as a response to Republican U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, who denounced his fellow party members in the Senate who plan to challenge the Electoral College certification on Wednesday.

“You would be wise to learn the Constitution that you swore to uphold and to protect us from enemies ‘foreign and domestic,'” Peters tweeted.

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Eric Coomer, a Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems executive, the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, dozens of elections officials nationwide and former U.S. Attorney General William Barr have repeatedly said there has been no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

Neither Peters nor her staff responded to a request for comment from The Daily Sentinel.

False allegations of voter manipulation and threats directed toward Coomer have forced the executive to go into hiding.

Coomer has filed a defamation lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.

“I did not ‘rig,’ or influence the election, nor have I participated in any calls, demonstrations, or other demonstrable activity related to any political party or social/justice group,” Coomer wrote in a Dec. 8 guest commentary in The Denver Post.


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