El Paso County lawsuit repeats debunked voter fraud concerns, cites dubious ‘expert’

It was a turbulent weekend for election integrity advocates in Colorado and nationally. On Thursday, Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder held a press conference to address the controversy stemming from a forensic image made of the Elbert County Election Management Server by Schroeder in January. Friday, the trial Kirkwood v. Williams et al was filed in El Paso County against the El Paso County Board of Commissioners and El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman regarding El Paso County’s use of electronic voting. On Saturday and Sunday, Colorado election conspirators Rep. Ron Hanks (R-Cañon City) and Shawn Smith spoke at MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s Moment of Truth Summit.

During Schroeder’s press conference, he laid out his rationale for copy of Elbert County Election Management Serverraising procedural issues regarding the certification and accreditation of vendors performing “trust building” updates on Dominion voting machines, and expressing concerns about the machines’ ability to connect to the Internet.

Last August, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold explained the process of building trust to Colorado Springs Independent. “In Colorado, we’re doing something called a ‘trust build’ where officials upgrade all voting equipment across the state,” she said. “There is a chain of custody and we are considered the safest state to vote in – in part because of our security protocols. In addition to this, we also carry out what is called a risk mitigation audit. Colorado’s voting equipment has been audited more than any other voting equipment in any state in the country. We never found any evidence of any voting issues.

Griswold also addressed the oft-repeated claim that voting machines are connected to the internet. “I think it’s important not to spread these lies and get good information for Colorado voters,” she said. “In terms of trust building, the Office of the Secretary of State has been doing trust building for counties since 2007, with resounding success. This is the process by which we ensure that voting equipment across the state is in excellent working order, working as it should, and is secure. All of our state voting systems are tested, maintained, and meet the standards set forth in federal or state law. No voting system is ever connected to the Internet, and no one except specifically authorized personnel with background checks has access to system hardware or software.

Schroeder himself admitted that he had found no evidence of fraud in Elbert County, but wanted the Secretary of State’s office to release the copies of the forensic images he had made for analysis.

Schroeder answers questions during Thursday’s press event in Elbert County.

In El Paso County, a lawsuit was filed Friday claiming that “the [Dominion electronic voting] system is illegal because it systematically deletes records in the normal course of its operation. The records it deletes must be retained under Colorado law and federal law. As a result, it is illegal to continue using the system.

The claims in this lawsuit are similar to those made in a lawsuit originally filed by Hanks, alongside Merlin Klotz, the Douglas County Clerk and Recorder; Gary Moyer and Jeff Rector, both Rio Blanco County Commissioners; and Park County Commissioner Amy Mitchell. The Secretary of State’s office responded to claims that the trusted version deletes election records by noting that the deleted files are not actually election records.

“’Election documents’, as used in [Colorado law]is a defined term under the Code”, read the Secretary of State’s Motion to Dismiss. “This means only:” accounting forms, registration certificates, poll books, election certificates, signature cards, all affidavits, voter applications, other voter lists and registers, ballot return envelopes, absentee ballots, ballots, unused ballots, spoiled ballots and replacement ballots.

The El Paso County lawsuit also cites the work of “expert” Doug Gould, who in addition to authoring the Mesa County election reports, derived from illegally obtained copies of the El Paso County Election Management Server. Mesa County, believes Antifa receives intelligence training on par with the CIA and promoted the QAnon belief that President Donald Trump had thousands of sealed indictments ready to take down the Deep State and finally to drain the swamp. Gould also touted the affidavits in Sydney Powell’s lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results, all of which were thrown out. Powell is currently charged in a defamation case, alongside Joe Oltmann, brought by former Dominion executive Eric Coomer. During her deposition, Powell admitted that she had not actually verified the accuracy of the claims submitted in her affidavits.

The initial lawsuit filing also contained a typo, incorrectly claiming that Gould “reviewed forensic images of the El Paso County Elections Management Server hard drive that were made before and after the release of confidence of 2021”. The amended lawsuit, filed today, correctly identified the forensic images as coming from the Mesa County trust building.

Tina Peters, the Mesa County clerk and recorder who authorized and orchestrated the server data duplication, has been charged with three felony counts of attempting to influence a public official, one count of criminal conspiracy to committing an attempt to influence a public official, felony criminal impersonation, two counts of criminal conspiracy to commit criminal impersonation, felony identity theft, misdemeanor first degree official misconduct , tort of breach of duty and tort of disobeying the Secretary of State, accordingly.

The attorney representing the plaintiffs in the El Paso County lawsuit is John Case, who also represented Schroeder when he made images of electoral systems in Elbert County. Paul Prentice, who is a senior researcher at the Independence Instituteis listed as a co-plaintiff in the lawsuit.

Peters is the main character in Lindell’s new movie, “Selection Code.” Lindell’s tribute to the embattled clerk debuted at this weekend’s Moment of Truth summit, which featured hours upon hours of testimony from election integrity advocates across the country. Representing Colorado during individual state reports, Hanks repeated his concerns about Chinese-made election materials and the El Paso County recount results, which he described as a “garbage situation inside , garbage outside”.

Hanks claimed that El Paso County Clerk and Recorder Chuck Broerman, who recently received the first-ever Guardian of Democracy Award from the Colorado County Clerks Association“we were playing basketball around the corner” during the recount.

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