Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold has subpoenaed Elbert County Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder concerning an alleged safety protocol breach of the county’s voting tools, her workplace stated on Monday.
The lawsuit comes as Griswold’s workplace continues to be attempting to take away Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters from her submit as designated election official within the county following an analogous investigation.
Griswold stated on Monday that her workplace grew to become conscious of a potential safety breach in Elbert County via an affidavit that Schroeder filed as a celebration to Peters’ case. Within the affidavit, Schroeder allegedly admitted to creating a replica of the Elbert County voting system laborious drives however didn’t disclose any safety measures taken.
Griswold’s workplace added that it reached out to Schroeder for extra details about the laborious drive copies. The workplace additionally despatched an official order to the clerk to supply safety data, and Schroeder didn’t present a well timed response in each cases.
“As Secretary of State, my prime precedence is to make sure that each eligible Coloradan – Republican, Democrat, and Unbiased, alike – has entry to safe elections and I’ll at all times shield Colorado’s election infrastructure,” Griswold stated.
Based on a brand new order that Griswold issued to Schroeder, the clerk should seem for a deposition and his workplace should present testimony regarding the laborious drive copies.
The breach is allegedly associated to a trusted construct occasion on August 27, which is when county voting machines have been manually up to date for safety functions.
Beneath Colorado legislation, a secretary of state doesn’t have the ability to unilaterally take away a sitting clerk and recorder from workplace and as a substitute should depend on the courtroom system to take action if any impropriety is found.