One district conspiracy peddler has declared defeat in the sinister election of her home district. But surveillance footage shows her employee herself playing with the computer.
Tina Peterssecretary of Mesa County, Colorado is currently facing 10 charges in connection with allegations that she and a colleague stole the identity of a local man and used it to break into a voting device in the secretary’s office. Peters is accused of leaking voting data to conspiracy theorists, making her the star of the show. Stop stealing movement. Peters says the data shows election interference in the 2020 presidential election — a claim that election experts have repeatedly denied. In a hearing Thursday, the Mesa district attorney dismissed Peters’ core statements with help from surveillance footage from inside her own office.
Thursday’s hearing came in response to a report in March, prepared on behalf of Peters’ legal team. The report claims that certain actions on Mesa County voting machines can only be performed by outside nefarious actors manipulating the county’s voting machines remotely.
That’s not true, District Attorney Dan Rubinstein pointed out during the hearing.
Reported problems with an election database that recorded 10 batches of ballots within 47 seconds (“cannot be done”, the document read). The document states that “The Mesa County Elections Clerk is not aware of these batch timestamps or any other issue that might explain them.” The report alleges that the matter allegedly “represents the manipulation of this vote” by outside forces.
But surveillance footage, released during the hearing, showed Mesa County employees easily recording those same batches of ballots within 47 seconds. There doesn’t seem to be a flicker of what the report describes as a data entry that cannot be physically performed.
And instead of a shady group of hackers manipulating data from outside the secretary’s office, surveillance footage shows one of Peters’ close associates uploading the ballots in question. Colleague, Sandra Brown, was later fired from the secretarial office for allegedly helping Peters breach the voting machine. (Brown denies those allegations.)
“Surveillance footage and phone logs show that election officers made no attempt to contact Dominion.”
Other claims in Peters’ latest election report were similarly debunked with surveillance footage. At one point, election officials encountered a computer error and attempted to restart their software. The report claims that election officers called the helpline for Dominion Voting Systems, the company that makes the voting machines, and the error was mysteriously resolved after the call. (Some conspiracy theorists falsely accuse Dominion employees of a vote tampering scheme.)
“According to several Mesa County election officials, DVS support was contacted around 4 p.m. on October 21, and while the support representative stated there was no solution to the problem Mesa County was experiencing, that problem ceased shortly thereafter,” the report read.
In fact, surveillance footage and phone logs show that election officers made no attempt to contact Dominion. Instead, Brown performed a complete reboot of the voting equipment and resumed operations.
The report’s authors claim to have spoken at length with Mesa County election officials, who have “strong recollections” of counting votes. The report concluded: “Extensive questioning of Mesa County election clerks ruled out human error,” the report concluded.
The actual Mesa County elections officer stated otherwise. Rubinstein’s staff questioned 11 election officers in the room at the time of the alleged problems, he said at the hearing. They all said the report’s author had not even contacted them, let alone carried out “extensive interrogation”.
Rubinstein said Brown and the report’s authors were similarly AWOL when contacted by the District Attorney’s office. One of the report’s two authors, a data analyst nicknamed “MAGA Raccoon,” confirmed on his website that the DA office had contacted him, but said he referred him. investigators to Peters’ legal team.
The Peters’ office has been accused of tampering with previous elections, though never enough to influence their outcome. In 2019, Peters’ office left a box of more than 570 ballots uncounted in the open for months. During the 2020 primaries, Peters’ office installed a drop-down box of ballots into a parking lot. When asked about the box, Peters believes the incident was staged by a local couple, who have denied the allegation.
Ultimately, Rubinstein said, the issues flagged in the report were unrelated to the election results — and those glitches were the result of human error in the secretariat’s office.
“Sandra Brown did that and we found no evidence that it influenced the election,” he said.