Undercurrent

Marchant’s fellow election denier finally makes it to Nevada – and then to jail in Colorado

By: - July 14, 2022 12:36 pm

Mesa County Clerk and Colorado then-secretary of state candidate Tina Peters. (Chase Woodruff/Colorado Newsline)

In March, invoking election fraud conspiracies while urging Nye County commissioners to switch to all paper, hand-counted ballots, Nevada Republican candidate for secretary of state Jim Marchant was disappointed that one of his fellow election conspiracists couldn’t be there to make a presentation.

The Colorado official, Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters, had been indicted on charges related to election tampering, and released on bond on the condition that she not leave her state.

While Peters honored the condition of her bond when Marchant asked her to accompany him to Nye County, another invitation  to Nevada was evidently too much for Peters to resist. 

A Mesa County judge Thursday revoked her bond and ordered her jailed until her trial, after she violated the terms of her release by coming to Las Vegas Tuesday for a conference of the Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association, Colorado Newsline reported.

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association believes in a radical fringe constitutional theory wherein, as the organization asserts on its website, “the Constitution makes it clear that the power of the sheriff even supersedes the powers of the President.”

In addition to video and photo evidence of her attendance, Peters “signed a letter to Secretary of State Jena Griswold on July 12 seeking a recount of the June 28 Republican primary for secretary of state, which Peters lost. That letter was notarized in Clark County, Nevada,” Colorado Newsline reported Thursday.

Peters, like Marchant, is one of several Republicans who deny Joe Biden’s victory over Donald Trump and who were running to be the chief election official in their states during this campaign cycle. While Marchant won his primary in Nevada, Peters lost hers by a wide margin. She has asked the Colorado secretary of state’s office for a recount, claiming “extensive malfeasance,” Newsline reported.

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Hugh Jackson
Hugh Jackson

Hugh Jackson was editor of the Las Vegas Business Press, senior editor at the Las Vegas CityLife weekly newspaper, daily political commentator on the Las Vegas NBC affiliate, and author of the Las Vegas Gleaner political blog. Prior to moving to Las Vegas, he was a reporter and editor at the Casper (Wyoming) Star-Tribune.

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