Arrest warrant issued for MAGA Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters

Arrest warrant issued for MAGA Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters
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An indicted clerk in Mesa County, Colo., is wanted for arrest again after allegedly violating certain conditions of her previous bond.

According to The Daily Sentinel, Tina Peters is said to have violated her bond when she "included Director of Elections Brandi Bantz in an email she sent in the wee hours of the morning Wednesday to counties across the state in an attempt to get them to conduct a recount of her loss in the June primary race to be the GOP nominee for secretary of state."

On Thursday, July 21, another warrant was signed for her second arrest.

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Per the news outlet, Peters was prohibited from contacting anyone in the clerk's office as a result of being charged with nearly a dozen felony and misdemeanor counts. Peters is facing a total of 10 counts for "tampering with election equipment and misconduct."

The bond also includes specifications on who Peters was supposed to distance from. Bantz, who was appointed to Peters' previous role, was reportedly one of those people.

The outlet reported: "In her email, Peters was attempting to circumvent the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office, which had already rejected her request for a recount last week because Peters didn’t pay the $236,297 cost for it as required by law because her election results were nowhere near the one half of 1% threshold that calls for an automatic recount."

In response to Peters' email, Dwight Shellman, the county's regulation and support manager in its Election Division issued a statement.

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“There is no statutory authority for Ms. Peters to request a recount of the secretary of state race on the Republican Party ballot ‘in selected counties,’ or to attempt to arrange a recount directly with clerks and records of some or all counties, or to dictate that an improperly requested recount be conducted by hand,” Shellman said.

“Ms. Peters’ efforts to arrange hand recounts in selected counties by circumventing the statutory recount process and the responsible election official is completely improper and should be disregarded,” he added. “If you feel obligated to respond to Ms. Peters’ early morning email, please advise her that her request is improper.”

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