A Colorado official has been charged with tampering with election equipment.
A Colorado grand jury has indicted Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters in relation to an investigation into allegations of election equipment tampering and official misconduct. The Mesa County sheriff said Peters has turned herself into the Mesa County Detention Facility.
Peters, who’s the county clerk and recorder in Mesa County, in western Colorado, faces 10 counts, including seven felony charges and three misdemeanors.
The felony charges include attempting to influence a public servant, identity theft, criminal impersonation and conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation. The misdemeanors include first-degree official misconduct, violation of duty and failure to comply with the requirements of the secretary of state.
Her deputy, Belinda Knisley, has been indicted on six counts, including attempt to influence a public servant, conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, violation of duty and failure to comply with the requirements of the secretary of state.
A lawyer for Knisley said further evidence would clear her name. “We certainly thank the grand jurors for their work. As you know, a grand jury does not receive all the evidence in the case,” Knisley’s attorney, R. Scott Reisch, told The Washington Post.
“Only the evidence the district attorney believes favors their case is presented. We look forward [to] all the evidence being considered by a jury.”
In a joint statement announcing the indictment, Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser said, “This investigation is ongoing, and other defendants may be charged as we learn more information. We remind everyone that these are allegations at this point and that they are presumed innocent until proven guilty.”