Judge Valerie Robison’s decision follows two days of testimony last month in a lawsuit brought by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold to block Peters, Knisley and Fisher from being the designated election official in the upcoming Mesa County primary and midterm elections.
“Today’s court ruling prohibits Peters from further threatening the integrity of Mesa’s elections and guarantees residents of Mesa County the safe and accessible elections they deserve,” Griswold said in a released statement. by his office following the decision.
“Clerk Peters’ actions compromised voting equipment and election security in Mesa County, constituting one of the nation’s first insider threats where an election official has risked the integrity of the electoral system in an attempt to prove unsubstantiated conspiracy theories,” Griswold continued, adding, “Clerk Peters later declined to assert that she would abide by Colorado election rules and laws as Mesa County DEO.”
CNN has reached out to Peters for comment.
Beginning in April 2021, according to the indictment, prior to a reliable construction of voting machines on May 25 and 26, 2021, Peters and Knisley “conceived and executed a deceptive scheme” to influence officials, breach protocols security, exceed authorized access to voting materials and trigger the possible distribution of confidential information to unauthorized persons. A “trust construct” is “the origin of the chain of custody of any voting system software and firmware component,” according to the indictment.
Colorado’s primary election is June 28. Clerks must have primary ballots available to voters from May 27.