Nothing says “we don’t believe in election integrity” like Colorado’s latest move to place emergency restrictions on who can access ballots and voting equipment for the purpose of auditing elections.
Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced in a press release on Thursday the state is adopting temporary emergency rules to supposedly protect the state against “sham” election audits.
“Colorado’s elections are considered the safest in the nation, and we must remain steadfast in our dedication to security,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Along those lines, no third-party person or vendor will be permitted access to voting equipment in our state.”
“We will not risk the state’s election security nor perpetuate The Big Lie,” she continued. “Sham audits have no place in Colorado.”
The new rules stipulate that a person seeking access to ballots and voting equipment must meet specific requirements, excluding lawmakers, independent parties, and most judges.
This person must be able to pass a background check and either be an employee of a county’s elections office, the Secretary of State’s Office, or the voting system vendor, in order to have access to sensitive voting information. Appointed election judges may also have access, according to the Colorado Sun.
So, to put it in more simple terms, Colorado’s new rules hinder election audits by only granting voting information access to the very people who are being accused of orchestrating or covering up the fraud.
Let us not forget that Dominion Voting Systems, the software program accused of facilitating fraudulent activity in the 2020 election, was used to tabulate ballots in Colorado.
In her statement, Griswold is saying that only Dominion, county elections office workers, and herself are allowed to see ballots and voting machines.
A question worth asking here is: what does she have to hide?
Of course, the secretary of state’s statement comes as “several Colorado counties have been contacted by third parties offering to conduct audits,” amid Arizona’s controversial investigation.
She is effectively blocking any third-party or entity that is concerned about election integrity in the state from conducting an audit.
If Colorado’s election was so secure, why does Griswold feel the need to issue “emergency rules” to prevent state Republicans and the courts from accessing this information?
While we can assume what her motivations were, this is likely not the last time we will hear about this as conservative lawmakers and organizations prepare to press the state on the issue.