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Grand jury to help investigate allegations of election tampering in Mesa County

MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KRDO) -- A grand jury agreed Thursday to take up allegations of election tampering involving Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters.

According to 9News, Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser and Mesa County District Attorney Dan Rubinstein the grand jury will assist in an ongoing investigation into the allegations.

Officials have yet to say who would be investigated. Peters is currently being investigated over an alleged security breach involving elections equipment in May.

This announcement came the same day when Peters confirmed she would be running for re-election. While she has remained in her position, she was removed from her role as elections director in the county last year.

Earlier this week, Secretary of State Jena Griswold said she offered Peters a deal to return to her election duties if she agreed to stipulations, including a supervisor. According to 9News, Peters rejected the offer.

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      1. Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters made a recent appearance on Lindell TV, an online channel run by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell, a Trump supporter and proponent of discredited claims the 2020 election was stolen. Peters is a Republican serving her first term as the Western Slope county’s chief elections official. Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold cited allegations that Peters and her deputy were involved in an election security breach when they allowed an unauthorized person to participate in a routine update of the county voting system software and then allegedly lied about it as part of a scheme to expose alleged election irregularities.

        1. In August, Secretary of State Jena Griswold ordered Mesa County to replace its voting equipment after system pâsswords showed up in a video posted to right-wing websites. Days later, exact digital copies of the county’s election system hard drive were posted online after Griswold’s staff discovered that 24-hour video surveillance of the election equipment had been turned off.

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