DENVER (TBEN) — A prominent Colorado election conspiracy theorist, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, will face a recount after all, state officials announced Thursday, after raising $256,000 to pay for the review of her loss in the Republican primary for Secretary of State. state.
Peters demanded a recount after she lost her race by more than 85,000 votes, on baseless allegations of fraud.
But she did not pay the $236,000 initially charged by the Secretary of State’s office, insisting on a manual recount rather than the machine required by their rules. So the loss of Peters was officially certified on Monday.
Peters then announced that she had raised the money and renewed her request. On Thursday, the Secretary of State’s office announced it would conduct a recount of the machine on Aug. 4 after Peters paid the fee.
Peters said in a statement that she had raised the money from individual donors who met the state’s $1,250 political contribution limit.
Republican State Representative Ron Hanks, who along with Peters requested a recount after losing his US Senate primary, did not file any money and will not receive a recount in his race.
Peters was defeated in the GOP primaries by Pam Anderson, a former Jefferson County clerk who has criticized Trump’s election lies.
Peters faces several charges over her alleged role in breaking into her county’s electoral system in search of evidence of the conspiracy theories concocted by former President Donald Trump after his election loss in 2020.
She denies doing anything illegal and claims the allegations are political retaliation for disclosing data revealing electoral fraud.
A judge banned Peters from overseeing last year and this year’s local elections in Mesa County, a western region of the state that is largely rural and strongly Republican.
Trump won in the 2020 presidential election with nearly 63% of the vote. President Joe Biden won Colorado overall with 55.4% of the state’s vote.