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Election-denying Colorado clerk turned herself in to police

Tina Peters speaks to supporters at her election watch party in Sedalia, Colo., on June 28, 2022. A third person has been arrested in connection to the case of a Colorado conspiracy-theorist county elections clerk was indicted on allegations she tampered with voting equipment and posting data online during and after the 2020 election. The latest arrest in the saga of Tina Peters, who lost in last months' primary in her bid to become Colorado's top election chief as secretary of state, is her former elections manager who was arrested on felony charges of conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation and attempting to influence a public servant.
Thomas Peipert
Associated Press
Tina Peters speaks to supporters at her election watch party in Sedalia, Colo., on June 28, 2022.

A rural Colorado official known for being the state’s most prominent election denier turned herself into law enforcement on Thursday for violating the terms of her release as she awaits trial for breaking into her county’s election system.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters was booked at the Pitkin County jail in Aspen at 9:22 p.m. on Thursday, Parker Lathrop, the county’s chief deputy of operations, said.

She was released after paying bond later that night, according to Lathrop. The warrant was issued less than a week after the embattled official convinced a judge not to send her back to jail for improperly traveling out of state while awaiting trial on felony charges.

Authorities say Peters violated another term of her $25,000 bail — a prohibition on contacting workers at the Mesa County elections office.

Peters is under indictment for a break-in of the county’s election system to search for evidence of former President Donald Trump’s election conspiracy theories. A judge barred Peters from overseeing last year’s local elections or this year’s.

Peters lost her bid for the Republican Party nomination for Colorado Secretary of State last month. After the Secretary of State’s office told her she was not entitled to a hand recount under the law, Peters contacted dozens of county election offices asking them to do their own. One of those was Mesa County, in violation of her release, authorities said.