Colorado clerk gets primary recount after raising $250,000

DENVER (AP) — Prominent Colorado election conspiracy theorist Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters has finally recounted as she raised $256,000 to review her loss in the Republican primary. State officials announced Thursday that it would. of the state.

After losing the election by more than 85,000 votes, Peters called for a recount and claimed baseless wrongdoing.

However, it did not pay the $236,000 the Office of the Secretary of State originally requested, insisting on manual recounts rather than the machine recounts required by the regulations. Peters’ loss was thus officially accredited on Monday.

Peters has since announced that it has raised funds and updated its request. On Thursday, the Secretary of State’s office said it would have until August 4 to recount the machine after Peters paid the fee.

In a statement, Peters said the money was raised from individual donors who complied with the state’s $1,250 political contribution limit.

Republican Rep. Ron Hanks, who along with Peters requested a recount after losing the Senate primary, did not turn in the funds and will not receive a recount in his election.

Peters lost the Republican primary to former Jefferson County Clerk Pam Anderson, who criticized Trump’s election lies.

Peters faces several felony charges for her role in allegedly breaking into the county’s electoral system in search of evidence of a conspiracy theory spun by former President Donald Trump after his 2020 election loss. ing.

She denies doing anything illegal and claims the charges are political retaliation for revealing data that exposes election fraud.

A judge barred Peters from overseeing last year’s and this year’s Mesa County local elections.

Trump won the 2020 presidential election with nearly 63% of the vote. President Joe Biden swept Colorado with 55.4% of the vote.