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County clerks in Colorado say they are bracing for an increase in highly motivated election deniers working as poll watchers or election judges in midterm elections — part of a statewide effort to produce evidence of election fraud.

Local, state and federal officials, along with political pundits, have repeatedly denied claims of voter fraud, but officials in Chaffee, Eagle, El Paso, Fremont, Garfield, Summit and Weld counties told The Denver Post they are still seeing a number of increase of evils. – confidence poll observers and statewide election judges.

Encouraged, even recommended, by party officials or far-right voices with national reach, officials say those observers and judges have antagonized or threatened election workers, mistakenly rejected hundreds of ballots, and one man in Chaffee County even tried steal a password for the election system last year.

The irony lies in the notion that these far-right election judges and poll watchers are undermining the country’s foundation for fair and free elections, all under the guise of fighting for election security, Larry Jacobs, a professor of political history, elections and voting behavior. at the University of Minnesota, said. Their intentions seem to be to sow doubt and support losing candidates. The effort continues former President Donald Trump’s work to overturn the 2020 election, except now it’s more sophisticated.

“It’s moved from spur of the moment, ad hoc, to an organized, well-funded and premeditated effort to bring charges of election fraud,” Jacobs said.

Election officials should prepare for widespread claims of fraud after the November midterm elections, Jacobs said. The severity of these claims in the coming months could serve as a signal for the already disputed 2024 presidential election.

Federal officials have repeatedly said the nation’s elections are not at risk from outside interference, but at the same time, CBS reported that election officials in seven states, including Colorado, are facing increasing threats to their personal security.

County clerks project an air of optimism, but the changing landscape of American elections is wearing on them.

– Full story via Conrad Swanson, The Denver Post

Election deniers infiltrate ranks of poll watchers and election judges ahead of November midterms, Colorado officials warn

Brooke Wyatt reaches out to grab a ...
Brooke Wyatt reaches to catch a windblown Tina Peters banner during an election watch party for Peters’ ultimately unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination for Colorado Secretary of State on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. In 2020 while serving as Mesa County Clerk, Peters and a Deputy Clerk allegedly allowed an unauthorized man to make copies of voting equipment servers. Peters now faces felony charges. (Photo by AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post)

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Annual Pumpkin Festival at the Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield Farms, October 8, 2022. Festival goers can pick and pay for a large variety and size of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, enjoy a corn maze, tractor rides, truck rides food, craft and craft booths, live music and family activities.  The ticketed event runs through Sunday.  Tickets are sold out for Saturday but available for Sunday afternoon only on the Denver Botanic Gardens website (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)
Denver Botanic Gardens Annual Pumpkin Festival at Chatfield Farms, October 8, 2022. Festival goers can pick and pay for a large variety and size of pumpkins in the pumpkin patch, enjoy a corn maze, tractor rides, food trucks , craft and craft booths , live music and family activities. The ticketed event runs through Sunday. Tickets are sold out for Saturday but available for Sunday afternoon only on the Denver Botanic Gardens website (Photo by Andy Cross/The Denver Post)



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